The Irish Pharmacy Union (IPU) is the representative and professional body for community pharmacists. Our mission is to promote the professional and economic interests of our members. Members of the IPU are committed to delivering a quality, accessible, personal and professional service that puts the patient first and has as its primary goal the optimisation of the health and well-being of society.
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- Created on Tuesday, 04 March 2014 10:24
- Tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable death in Ireland
- 5,200 people die from smoking-related diseases in Ireland every year
- Major economic benefits for smokers who give up
4 March 2014: A nationwide quit smoking pharmacy service for the public will be launched tomorrow by the Minister for Health, Dr James Reilly T.D. Smoking, and related illnesses, is a major public health issue with 5,200 people dying in Ireland from diseases caused by tobacco use every year. 1 in every 2 smokers will die from smoking-related diseases.
The service, which is available in community pharmacies nationwide from tomorrow Ash Wednesday (5th March), is supported by the Irish Cancer Society and the HSE. As part of the service, pharmacists will assist smokers by giving advice on quitting and the health-related benefits. Pharmacists can also give accurate information and advice on options for quitting, including nicotine replacement therapies, which have been proven to double smokers' chances of success.
Speaking at the launch of the service, Minister Reilly said, "This is a great initiative by pharmacists who are using their training and skills to help smokers make that quit attempt. Let there be no doubt - the single best thing a smoker can do for their health is to quit - and community pharmacists are very well placed to provide smokers with both behavioural and pharmaceutical evidence based cessation supports to make that quit attempt a successful one."
Kathy Maher, Vice-President of the Irish Pharmacy Union (IPU), highlighting the significant benefits of the service said, "Pharmacists, as among the most accessible healthcare professionals, are ideally placed to play a central role in public health, such as providing tobacco cessation and other health promotion and healthcare services. Pharmacists can help motivate people to quit smoking and to stay tobacco-free for the long term, helping them decide what method works best for them and offering advice on supports such as nicotine replacement therapy to help manage cravings. We understand that giving up smoking is a real challenge but the health benefits are so great it is well worth it. A smoker could get back 10 years of their life if they stop at aged 30. It is never too late to stop smoking and pharmacists want to help."