The number of pregnant women across Greater Glasgow & Clyde who have attempted to quit smoking has doubled since the launch of Quit Your Way in March.

In addition, the smoking cessation teams exceeded the national standard for 12-week quits in the 40 per cent most deprived communities, with performance on-track to again surpass the target.

Smoking remains the biggest single preventable cause of ill health and premature death in Scotland. NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde’s Quit Your Way services are committed to helping those that want to stop smoking to successfully do so.

Half of smokers want to quit for good, while a third of deaths among those aged 35 to 69 in Greater Glasgow & Clyde are caused by smoking.

Linda de Caestecker, NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde’s Director of Public Health, said, ‘I am delighted with these new figures – each one of these quits is an individual success story and a new chapter in that person’s life and that of their child.

‘Every child has a right to have the best start in life and growing up in a smoke-free environment is an important part of that.

‘We know quitting smoking isn’t easy, but we offer world-class smoking cessation services in local community venues and in all pharmacies.

‘Our Quit Your Way services are helping to drive down smoking rates. Our Services provide vital life-saving services for smokers addicted to tobacco and offer the best way of helping people to stop smoking and to stay smoke-free. The service is called Quit Your Way as it takes into account individual circumstances and the treatments that people feel suit them best.’