Free one-on-one assistance available for smokers in Donegal who want to quit

Donegal HSE invites people who smoke tobacco or vape to take the 28 Day Tobacco Free Challenge in October.

People who quit smoking for 28 days are five times more likely to quit permanently.

The HSE’s QUIT team will be on hand to help and they have local dedicated quit smoking advisers in Donegal who can provide free advice and support to those who want to quit smoking.

This is part of two new projects implemented by the Ministry of Health – Sláintecare Healthy Communities Initiative and the implementation of new community care services for chronic diseases.

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Smoking cessation counselors offer personalized and free support to quit smoking. This includes advising on the use of nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) such as nicotine patches or gum and other stop smoking medications.

Free NRT is also available through Quit Smoking Counsellors. This is a new addition and has been really well received by those who have taken advantage of it since its recent introduction.

After a meeting to assess your nicotine addiction and discuss your reasons for quitting, your quit counselor will create a personal plan to help you quit smoking/vaping.

This will cover: what you like and dislike about smoking/vaping; your ‘smoking triggers’ and how you can prepare to deal with cravings and withdrawal – remember this won’t last forever and using nicotine replacement therapy for a short time really helps.

It also includes getting free, professional, non-judgmental and empathetic support that gives you the best chance of success.

Dawn Hanna, one of Donegal’s 4 Community Quit Smoking Counsellors, said:

“It’s never too late to quit smoking and quitting smoking is the best thing you can do for your health at any age. We help people of all ages, including octogenarians who decide to quit smoking. The benefits for people’s health are immediate, particularly with regard to their circulation and breathing.

Dawn says quit smoking counselors will support people from the time they decide to quit smoking/vaping until they have had their last cigarette/vaping and beyond:

“We can counsel people on using medications to help with withdrawal and these can really make a difference and help people quit more comfortably.” These drugs are now provided free of charge to anyone who visits their local smoking cessation service. »

Graham Horsfield, one of Dawn’s clients, recounts his quitting experience, said:

“I smoked almost a pack of cigarettes a day. The first week without cigarettes was the hardest. All in all, the 28 days were a real challenge, but once I reached that goal, I felt like I could go on.

“Thanks to Dawn’s help at the Stranorlar Clinic, I have now been smoke free for almost eight weeks. To say this is incredible. Dawn explained to me how to overcome my smoking triggers and which NRT would best suit my needs She was also able to arrange for me to get it completely free of charge.

“If you want to quit smoking, you really can do it easier with help. I did it both for my own health and for my family. I encourage anyone who wants to quit to choose October as time to do so and get help from one of your local Quit Smoking Advisors or the HSE STOP team.”

Contact Dawn in the Donegal Stop Smoking Service by calling 0863404321 or emailing [email protected] to find out more about one of the free face-to-face clinics in the North West.

You can also call 1800 201 203 free of charge or visit

The HSE QUIT service also offers personalized and free support by telephone, e-mail, SMS and live chat.


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