Press Release

Minister Pat The Cope Gallagher calls on smokers to TRY to quit smoking

Mr Pat The Cope Gallagher, T.D. Minister for Health Promotion & Food Safety has called on smokers to try to quit smoking. He is urging smokers to resolve to use 6th 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”,Minister Gallagher said.

Anyone wishing to quit or needing further information should contact the National Smokers Quitline at 1850 201 203 run by the Health Services Executive (HSE) in partnership with the Irish Cancer Society.

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