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16/03/2023 - ‘Not Around Us’ Campaign - Working Towards a Tobacco & Vape Free Donegal

Stakeholders of the Not Around Us Campaign

Pictured L-R Front: Chief Executive of Donegal County Council John G McLaughlin; HSE Tobacco Lead Fiona Boyle; Healthy Donegal Coordinator Margaret Fitzgerald; HSE Health Promotion Officer Dara McDaid, HSE Health and Wellbeing General Manager Siobhan Patten,
Back L-R Cllr. Paul Canning,  Chair of the Donegal LCDC Cllr. Niamh Kennedy; Community Development Divisional Manager Paddy Doherty; Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council Cllr.Liam Blaney; Director of Community Development and Planning Services Liam Ward.

Donegal County Council through Healthy Donegal and in conjunction with the HSE Stop Smoking Services is inviting groups, organisations and businesses in Co. Donegal to become tobacco and vape free campuses in the lead up to the official launch of the Not Around Us Campaign on 31st of May 2023 - World No Tobacco Day.


The Healthy Ireland funded, ‘Not Around Us’ Campaign is about promoting an environment where it is easier for those who use tobacco to quit and stay quit while helping to de-normalise smoking tobacco for the next generation.


The campaign is in response to the government’s national target for less than 5% smoking prevalence in Ireland by 2025. It is also about Donegal County Council in partnership with the HSE and other stakeholders, continuing to promote the denormalisation of smoking tobacco at every opportunity and the protection of children and young people from second hand smoke - two of the underpinning objectives of Chapter 7 of the Tobacco Free Ireland Strategy.


The purpose of ‘Not Around Us’ is to:


  • Help protect children and young people from second-hand smoke exposure
  • Contribute to the denormalisation of smoking/vaping for children and young people
  • Reduce environmental nuisance, cost of cleaning and damage that discarded tobacco products create
  • Signpost the HSE Quit services.


The initiative will see Donegal County Council, the HSE and a range of stakeholders in the County come together and align our combined efforts to work towards a tobacco and vape free Donegal. Groups, organisations and businesses interested in becoming a Tobacco and Vape Free Campus and signing up to the campaign can find further details on the Healthy Donegal webpage – Joining the Not Around Us Campaign.


If you are interested in quitting smoking please contact Sarah on 086049246, Dawn on 0863404321 and Cara on 0871444489 or [email protected] to receive information on any of the 16 FREE face-to-face clinics throughout Donegal. You can also contact or freephone 1800 201 203 for free support. 


When you quit for 28 days you are 5 times more likely to quit for good and you have a greater chance of quitting when you get support from specialist staff and use stop smoking medications.


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