11/03/2010

No Smoking Day Success

Thousands of smokers stubbed-it out yesterday as the Ulster Cancer Foundation's (UCF) annual No Smoking Day helped people across NI to kick the habit.

Day two for 'quitters' looms, but one ex-smoker said it is important to persevere.

Bernie Neeson, Stop Smoking Specialist, UCF, (pictured 'breaking the chain') is herself celebrating ten years smokefree on No Smoking Day and said: "As a former 30-a-day smoker I understand the challenges facing smokers.

"I tried to quit a few times and then I went to UCF's Stop Smoking Clinic. They helped me recognise my smoking habits and empowered me to take control of my addiction and within weeks I had stopped smoking for good," she explained.
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"I have now trained as a UCF Stop Smoking Specialist and a Cognitive Behavioural Therapist so I can use my experience and expertise to help other smokers give up and more importantly stay stopped.

"Stopping smoking is the most important thing that you can do to improve your health and at UCF we're working more closely than ever with smokers who want to stop.

"Our weekly stop smoking clinics are busier than ever and in the past year we have helped over 50% of those attending to stop smoking within four weeks," she continued.

Although the focus is on No Smoking Day itself, UCF provide year round weekly stop smoking services in a number of settings including GP practices, community centres, schools and workplaces.

(BMCC/GK)

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