Support groups and clinics


One-to-one support

One to one intensive support combined with drug treatments has the highest success rates for people quitting smoking. The HSE offer this service over the phone or face to face with trained smoking cessation practitioners. This service is free of charge. Smoking cessation practitioners are specially trained to support you through the quitting process. You can attend smoking cessation clinics for one-to-one sessions that are tailored to meet your needs. They usually take place for 1-4 weeks before your quit date and continue for up to one year after you quit.

In these sessions an advisor will:

  1. look at your desire and readiness to quit,
  2. take a history of your smoking habit,
  3. assess your nicotine addiction,
  4. identify your reasons for quitting and any difficulties or risks of relapse,
  5. create a personal plan for your quitting,
  6. measure your carbon monoxide levels,
  7. recommend suitable medical treatment, refer you to doctor for prescription and follow-up.

Find contact details here or contact the HSE Quit Team on Freephone 1800 201 203 and they can provide details.

Group support

Group courses are usually six weeks long and meet once a week for about an hour. They are usually run by smoking cessation practitioners and can be very effective. In the first session the members of the group introduce themselves, they review past attempts to quit, determine reasons for quitting and set a quit date for the group. At follow-up meetings, members discuss their progress, address any difficulties, swap coping tips, and encourage one another to stay quit. The smoking cessation practitioner will measure each member’s carbon monoxide levels (before and after quitting), their level of nicotine addiction, and recommend medical treatment.

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There are leaflets and books available which give you information on how to give up, what to expect when you give up smoking, the health effects of smoking and tips on how to stay stopped. Others focus on changing your attitude towards smoking. These are better than having no form of support but you are more likely to succeed with one-to-one or group support.