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Balbriggan Women Kick Cigs To Touch

Pictured at the graduation ceremony in Balbriggan were the successful participants of the Irish Cancer Society’s We Can Quit programme with John McCormack, CEO of the Irish Cancer Society and the facilitators of the programme Nuala Kane from Blanchardstown Area Partnership and Rachel Moore.

A group of women from Balbriggan are celebrating after completing a free programme called ‘We Can Quit’ which aims to help women quit smoking together.

In total, eight women from the area successfully completed the second ‘We Can Quit’ course which was held in Castleland Community Centre in Balbriggan.

The women commenced the free 12-week programme in September. 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, living in the Balbriggan area.

Rachel Burke, Community Cancer Prevention Officer at the Irish Cancer Society said: “We would like to congratulate all of the local women who successfully completed the We Can Quit programme. It is a fantastic achievement which will have a positive impact, not only on their lives, but on the lives 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 give up smoking for good.”

We Can Quit is an initiative of the Irish Cancer Society and in partnership with the HSE, Blanchardstown Area Partnership and Hickey’s Pharmacy in Balbriggan. Further courses are scheduled in 2018 for the Corduff, Donabate and Kinsealy areas and interested participants can sign up online.