Stop smoking targets beaten as more than 3,000 quit

Glasgow smokers buck the trend and beat government  targets.
Glasgow smokers buck the trend and beat government targets.

More than 3,000 people have successfully stopped smoking with help from NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde Smokefree Services in the last year.

Many signed up after hearing from friends and family how good the support network was from a professional team.

Each year, the Scottish Government sets the health board a target for the number of people it helps to successfully quit their habit. Over the 12 months to March, the board’s smokefree services surpassed that target by 42 per cent. It helped 3,084 to quit with 1,884 coming from the most deprived areas.

Dr Linda de Caestecker, Director of Public Health, NHSGGC, said: “Stopping smoking is very difficult. Every single person who made the life changing decision to stop deserves real praise for successfully quitting.

“We are committed to providing the very best support to everyone who wants to stop. Every year the government sets us a target for smoking cessation and it’s a real testament to our staff who supported them, that we surpassed our target by 40 per cent.

“Our Smokefree Services are here to help people quit the habit and improve their health. We offer support to people for as long as they need it. Much of our support is through community pharmacies. It is very easy for people to access the service and get effective support to help them quit.

“People who have used our service are recommending us to friends and family which is a great endorsement. When you look beyond the numbers you see the human stories involved. While we as a Health Board celebrate our achievement, we maintain our focus on providing high quality services that people want.

“As well as this, the benefits are being felt not only by those who have quit, but clearly also by those who are no longer exposed to their second hand smoke which is especially harmful to babies and children. I’d urge those looking to quit smoking to join today – you don’t need to struggle on your own.”

All services to stop smoking are provided free.