Press Release

“Minister calls on smokers to TRY to quit smoking”

Mr Sean Power T.D. Minister of State at the Department of Health and Children today, 20th February 2007, called on smokers to try to quit    smoking. He is urging smokers to resolve to use 21 February, “Ash Wednesday”, as the starting point to try to give up smoking.

Ash Wednesday is a traditional day that smokers attempt to quit. There is more support available today to help smokers quit than ever before.    “The link between cardiovascular disease, cancers and smoking is well documented. Giving up smoking is the single most important thing smokers’ can do for their own health and the health of those around them”, the Minister said.

Anyone wishing to quit or need further information should contact the Smoking Quitline at 1850 201 203