Waterside Sinn Féin Councillor Bridget Meehan (second from left) attending the Pink Ladies No Smoking awareness programme held at Hillcrest House .
Councillor Bridget Meehan said
“I would encourage all current smokers to take the opportunity to quit smoking.
“It is proven medically that quitting cigarettes can help contribute to a healthier lifestyle.
“We now have the lowest number of people smoking for many years and this will benefit everyone as the financial burden of treating smoking related illnesses was one of the highest burdens upon the NHS.
“As this burden is lessened we will be able to see these monies put into treating other illnesses and providing services.
“Much more help for people attempting to give up smoking is now available with over 300 community pharmacies across the North now providing a smoking cessation service and this is an opportunity for people who still indulge in smoking to attempt to quit.
“I would encourage people in Derry to contact their local pharmacy or doctor to avail of this service.”