Stop smoking

We want to remind everyone who uses our sites, patients, visitors and staff that we are smoke free. This means smoking and e-cigarette use is not allowed inside or outside any of our buildings or on the sites. This includes the doorways, in the car park, behind the buildings or in the grounds. The smoke free policy is there for a reason, to protect our service users and staff. Things will only change if we all work together! By creating smoke free environments, the Trust is hoping that it can take a big step forward in empowering people to quit their habit and live healthier lives. 

We want to promote the help and support that is available to all smokers so they can manage their addiction and stop.

Why stop

Benefits of stopping smoking

18% of the population of NI aged over 15 are smokers, with smoking causing 2300 deaths each year and 120,000 deaths UK wide. Approximately half of all regular cigarette smokers will eventually be killed by their habit as each cigarette shortens the lifespan by five minutes, which on average shortens the smoker’s life by 10-15 years.

Help and support

70% of smokers want to give it up but find it extremely difficult because of their addiction to tobacco. We know it is hard, but you don't have to do it alone. There are over 600 stop smoking services in NI. You can get free specialist support and aids by going to your local pharmacy that provides stop smoking services and speaking with the pharmacist or your GP.

Visit www.stopsmokingni.info for more information on all the help available.

You can contact the Trust Smoking Cessation Nurses on 028 2563 5575.

Remember:

  • Stopping smoking is the single greatest thing you can do for your health
  • You can save on average £3500 a year (based on a pack a day smoker) if you quit
  • You are four times more likely to quit if you join a stop smoking service than going alone
  • Stop smoking services provide free help, support and medication to people who want to quit, you don’t have to do it alone!
  • The benefits of stopping smoking start within 20 minutes of stopping, it’s never too late to quit!
  • Every cigarette you don’t smoke is doing you good

Save money, look better, get fitter, live longer, quit smoking today! 

Page last updated:01 April 2019