Pharmacists offer help to those wanting to stop smoking

  • Research shows that 70% of smokers want to quit

28 February 2017: Ahead of National No Smoking Day tomorrow, Wednesday 1 March, the Irish Pharmacy Union is encouraging people who want to stop smoking to ask their pharmacist for help.

One in every two smokers will die of a tobacco-related disease. Death due to smoking is preventable and anyone who decides to give up smoking will see immediate benefits.

  • Within 20 minutes after quitting, a person’s heart rate and blood pressure drops.
  • Within 24-48 hours, all the carbon monoxide will be eliminated.
  • After 72 hours, breathing will improve and energy levels will increase.
  • One year after quitting, the excess risk of coronary heart disease is half that of a continuing smoker’s.
  • After five years, the risk of heart attack falls to that of a non-smoker
  • Finances improve – the average smoker, smoking 20 cigarettes per day, can save €4,000 per year by quitting.

Carmel Collins, Vice-President of the Irish Pharmacy Union said, “Research shows that 70% of people who do smoke wish to give up and pharmacists are available to support people who do want to stop. 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.”

Further information: Jim Curran, Director of Communications & Strategy, IPU, Ph: 086 264 0469