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Doctors, pharmacists and nurses try to help smokers to quit because smoking causes a lot of sickness. Smoking can lead to death from heart disease or cancer. Two-thirds of smokers will eventually die of a smoking-related disease. It is also an expensive habit.
To stop successfully the smoker must want to quit. While some people stop smoking easily many will need assistance and some will need medication.
Health professionals can give advice to help someone quit and there are telephone services that can provide support. The chances of quitting are increased if the telephone service calls the smoker every few weeks to see how they are getting on.
Quitline number 131 848