Ireland HSE launches free quit smoking help pack to encourage smokers to find support

Ireland HSE launches free quit smoking help pack to encourage smokers to find support

According to a report by Irish media limerickpost at some time, the Irish Health Service (HSE) is encouraging people to quit smoking, and they will receive free quit smoking help packages.

A Health Service spokesman said: "Many people try to quit smoking alone, without receiving the support and treatments that offer the best chance of success, such as stop smoking medications. The HSE is here to help by providing free nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) and other Tried and tested support to help you quit smoking."

The HSE’s smoking cessation service is free all year round and offers personalized, evidence-based plans, using any combination of the following support options based on individual needs:

·Online personalized smoking cessation plan that can track the progress of smoking cessation;

·Face-to-face and group support from the community;

· Get text or phone support via the toll-free phone line 1800 201 203;

·Free “Quit Smoking Kit” to help prepare for quitting smoking;

·Provide nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) free of charge and provide usage advice;

·Daily advice and support from people who have quit smoking and those who are trying to quit on the You Can Quit Smoking Facebook page.

HSE advice on quitting smoking includes: don't go it alone and find support from others, including the HSE's stop smoking service; focus on staying smoke-free every day until you reach the 28-day milestone (after which people are more likely to never smoke); and use stop-smoking medication , such as NRT, which is a safe, effective, and clinically feasible way to get through the first 28 days and deal with cravings for smoking.

Dr Paul Kavanagh, Consultant Director of Public Health Medicine at the Smoke Free Ireland Initiative, explained that NRT is safe and effective: “We know NRT is very safe and effective.” They are regulated by Health Products Ireland Agency (HPRA) provides competent authority for strictly regulated medicines.

"We are encouraged to see more and more smokers using NRT to help them quit smoking. We have been working hard to improve access and availability of this life-saving medicine. People who smoke, want to quit, and are supporting Their medical professionals can have full trust and confidence in the safety and effectiveness of NRT.

"Some smokers may be curious about using e-cigarettes or e-cigarette oil to help them quit smoking. We do not have full trust and confidence in the safety and effectiveness of e-cigarettes as a way to quit smoking, so NRT is recommended to help them try to quit smoking. .”
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