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Determined Swords Women Now Smoke Free

We Can QuitPictured at the graduation ceremony in Swords were the successful 'We Can Quit' participants, Hazel Kehoe, Anne Freeman, Audrey O’Flaherty, Geraldine Kane, Brede Houlihan, Edel Dooley and Eimear Gormley.

A group of women from Swords are now celebrating after completing a free programme called, ‘We Can Quit’ which aims to help women quit smoking together. In total, nine women from the area successfully completed the course, held in the Rivervalley Community Centre, and five women have completely quit smoking.

The women commenced the free 12-week programme in January. They attended weekly group sessions and one to one support meetings, as well as receiving 12 weeks of Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) to the value of €450 free of charge. The programme was open to female smokers over the age of 18 years and living in the Swords area.

Rachel Burke, Community Cancer Prevention Officer at the Irish Cancer Society said: “We would like to congratulate all of the local women who have completed ‘We Can Quit’ – it is a fantastic achievement which will have a positive impact on their lives, and those of their families.”
‘We Can Quit’ offers women support to take on and succeed on their quitting journey. Through the programme, women can access a friendly and supportive network of like-minded women who really understand what they are going through. Together, the women in ‘We Can Quit’ help each other to quit smoking for good,” she said.