Three thousand have gone smoke-free in Greater Glasgow and Clyde thanks to ‘Quit Your Way’


Nae kiddin’ – thousands quit cigarettes with Health Board help.

 By Democrat reporter

More than 3,100 people in Greater Glasgow and Clyde successfully quit smoking with help from NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde’s Quit Your Way services last year.

Since records began in 2010, ISD statistics show that more than 36,360 people within Greater Glasgow and Clyde have quit smoking in the past 10 years.

Smoking remains the biggest single preventable cause of ill-health and premature death in Scotland. Tobacco use accounts for almost one in four of all deaths in Scotland, is responsible for around 33,500 hospital admissions annually, and costs the NHS around £400 million every year to treat smoking-related illnesses.

Quit Your Way is an entirely free service set up by NHSGGC which helps people quit smoking by providing:

  • The best tried and tested methods available to help them stop smoking
  • Access to specially trained stop smoking advisers
  • Free Nicotine Replacement Therapy and other stop smoking medications.
  • Accessible venues for everyone.

Already within the first two quarters of 2019/2020, more than 1,500 people have successfully quit smoking using Quit Your Way.

Dr Linda de Caestecker, director of Public Health, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, said: “National No Smoking Day is the perfect opportunity to find out about the support that is available to help you stop smoking. Different ways work for different people and it’s all about finding what works best for you”.

“In 2018/19, more than 3100 people used our Quit Your Way services to successfully stop smoking. People who have used the service are recommending us to friends and family which is a great endorsement.

“The number of successful 4-week quit rates has consistently increased year on year since 2015, and we see similar increases in 12-week quit rates in Greater Glasgow and Clyde with nearly one in four smokers remaining smoke-free.

 “I’d urge those looking to quit smoking to look at our services for support and advice – you don’t need to struggle on your own.”

NHSGGC Quit Your Way services are committed to helping those that want to stop smoking to successfully do so. For more information visit our website on

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