Smoking cessation

The smoking cessation service is a free HSE service to support you if you wish to stop smoking.

It provides face-to-face, confidential support in 13 locations throughout County Donegal.

It may be your first attempt or you may have made previous attempts - the service is for anyone who is interested in quitting smoking.

About the programme

You will have a one-to-one meeting with a smoking cessation adviser in your local area.

A support programme will be tailored to suit your needs. This programme will address the addiction, habit and emotional aspects of smoking.

An adviser will then support you to deal with these three aspects when you are quitting smoking.

We will discuss the different medicines and nicotine replacement products and choose the most suitable option for you. Medicines and nicotine replacement therapies are free to people with a medical card.

You will also be supported to identify the different ways you can change your routines and deal with emotions to help you stop smoking.

You will be offered weekly or fortnightly appointments until your 'quit date' - the date you decide to stop smoking.

You may decide your quit date on your first appointment, or you may have several appointments before you are ready to set your quit date - it's up to you.

You will be offered regular appointments for the first 3 months and then monthly appointments until you reach the 1 year ‘quit’ mark.

When you are one year quit, you will receive a certificate for your achievement.


Clinics are held in 13 locations throughout Co Donegal:

  • Buncrana
  • Carndonagh
  • Carrigart
  • Donegal Town
  • Dungloe
  • Falcarragh
  • Killybegs
  • Letterkenny daytime (both in NowDoc and St Conal’s)
  • Letterkenny evening (in NowDoc)
  • Letterkenny University Hospital
  • Lifford
  • St Johnston
  • Stranorlar


You can access the programme by contacting one of our smoking cessation co-ordinators:

Donegal Community co-ordinators:

Fiona Boyle: 087 251 4790

Maresa McGettigan: 086 049 2465

Letterkenny University Hospital co-ordinator:

Elaine Robinson: 074 912 3678


Your GP, Practice Nurse, Public Health Nurse, or any other healthcare professional can refer you.

What previous participants have said

"It’s the single most important thing that I have ever done for me."

"It wasn’t as difficult as I thought it was going to be."

"Cigarettes don’t control me anymore."

"My self-esteem has improved since I quit smoking."

"When my son stated that, 'Dad spends more time with us now', I knew quitting was the right thing for me and the family."

"I walked up your stairs today and I’m not out of breath."

More information:

Contact the HSE Quit Team on freephone 1800 201 203 to talk to an advisor.

The Quit support service includes a team of advisors available to you over the phone, by email, live web-chat or via Twitter or Facebook. The QUIT service also offers the online QUITplan on this site, and our Facebook support group. The QUIT service is evidence-based and can offer quitters a standard treatment programme, where they will be tracked and supported for 12 months.

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