- 29% of current smokers are either trying to quit or activity planning to do so
- 18% of Ireland’s population currently smoke – 1% higher than the last survey in 2019
- 28% of people who smoke, smoke more than they did before COVID 19 pandemic commenced in Ireland March 2020
(Healthy Ireland Survey, 2021)
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The HSE is calling on people who smoke to make this their year to Quit. Recent research shows 29% of current smokers are either trying to quit or are actively planning to do so. If you quit smoking for 28 days you are 5 times more likely to quit for good. January is traditionally a time when people set a new health goal and if you smoke the most important thing that you can do to improve your health is to quit.
Quitting will improve your health more than any other change you can make and you will notice improvements within the first days and weeks of your QUIT journey.
According to the recent Healthy Ireland Survey many people changed their smoking habits during the pandemic with just over a quarter of people who smoke (28%) reporting that they smoke more since the introduction of the Covid-19 restrictions.
Dr Paul Kavanagh, Public Health Medicine Specialist, HSE said: “As the 2021 Healthy Ireland Survey reports, smoking in adults appears to be stalling at one-in-five. Smoking causes lung disease and other chronic diseases which reducing the chances that people who smoke can effectively fight COVID-19 infection. Severe COVID-19 progression, including hospitalisation and death, is more common among people who smoke. This adds urgency to the need to help people who smoke to quit.”
Successful quitter Lucas Marques, who quit 9 months ago, after 20 years of smoking, with help from the Quit Service, offers this advice: “I smoked from an early age and tried to quit a few times over the years. When I had a few drinks, my quit attempt would fail and I would be back smoking. I typically smoked a full packet of cigarettes on a night out; it was costing me a lot of money. I heard about the QUIT service so I decided to give it a go. I used the phone support and the calls were great. My stop smoking advisor gave me tips to distract myself from the cravings and that really helped. I would advise anyone even considering quitting to give it a chance. For anyone who smokes, you first need to make the decision that you want to Quit. Then, have that first conversation with the Quit team and they will help you. I can’t believe I am still smoke-free, I never thought it would happen.”
Martina Blake, National Lead, HSE Tobacco Free Ireland Programme, said:"As we start a new year, now is a great time to make changes that can benefit your health long-term. Most people who smoke want to quit but for many, the idea of quitting can seem like a difficult thing to embark upon. It’s important to remember that you don’t have to quit alone. The HSE Quit Service is here to help by providing the tools and supports to make it possible. The most important part of quitting is preparing for quitting and getting your head into the right space. Our qualified staff can help you weigh up the pros and cons, set a date that’s right for you and decide which medication is suitable to help you succeed.”
Our Quit Service is on-hand to give lots of practical personalised support to help you stop smoking for 28 days and beyond.
There are many different ways to get help to quit from the Quit Service:
Link to Health Ireland Survey
Last updated on: 04 / 01 / 2022