Smokefree success stories

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Luckaz’s Story

The service really helped, giving me tips on making small changes that would help, and the ongoing support each week was great. I did my CO reading and could see the changes, the advisers explained things and were friendly, which made it easier to be successful in my quitting.

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Service used – location
DAY LEWIS PHARMACY, 59-61 Newland Ave.

At what age/how did you start smoking?
At 16 I tried smoking and by 17 it was an everyday thing.

How long did you smoke for?
I was 17 when I began smoking every day until now, so I have smoked for 12 years!

How many did you smoke per day?
During the week I would smoke about 2-15 a day. However, on weekends I would smoke about 20+ every day and if I was at a party then it was more like 25+.

What made you decide to stop smoking?
I decided that it was costing a lot of money every month, we were spending on average up to £200 – both myself and my partner. We wanted to save up for us to start our own business and this was a good place to start. We also decided to save a £1 a day, and that’s going great, so we will have some money for something nice. I also felt that my health was suffering, and now I have more energy and less headaches – I feel so much better.

How did you hear about the service?
At Christmas time we decided to it was time to quit and so we thought it would be best to do this after the Christmas holiday. In the new year I googled ‘stop smoking’ and Smokefree Hull popped up. I clicked on the web page, looked around, found a clinic near us and booked online, which was very straightforward.

What, if any, medication (NRT) did you use:
I used the inhalator for the first week, so I had something to do with my hands, then on week two I started to use the patches as well. Now, after 2 months, I am not using anything – I found it better than I thought I would. I am so proud of myself, as when we went out with friends and I was asked if I was going out for a cigarette, I said: “No, I am not smoking, I don’t smoke.” It felt really good to say that after 12 years.

How did using the service help?
The service really helped, giving me tips on making small changes that would help, and the ongoing support each week was great. I did my CO reading and could see the changes, the advisers explained things and were friendly, which made it easier to be successful in my quitting.

What difficulties did you find with stopping and how did you overcome them?
I found gong to work was hard, as smoking was a part of this, but I felt positive about stopping and this helped. Also, seeing people smoke on TV was hard. But I kept positive and thought about the future.

What benefits have you experienced since quitting?
Since I have stopped smoking, I feel a lot better in myself and by saving a £1 a day I have about £120 saved up, so that is good – it makes you see how much we have been spending.

What advice would you give to other people who want to quit smoking?
I would tell people that when you quit you do feel better, and that you seem to have so much more time! The best thing is that your sense of smell returns – then you smell someone who is smoking and think, ‘Did I smell like that?’

What advice would you give to your younger self about not starting smoking?
If I could talk to my younger self, I would say, "Do not do it, it’s silly."

Graeme’s Story

The stop smoking advisers were so friendly and helpful, this made it easier. I am very proud of myself, and my family and friends are really pleased with me, so much so that I would recommend the service to everyone who wants to quit.

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Service used – location
The Hub, Hull Royal Infirmary.

At what age/how did you start smoking:
I started smoking when I was about 14 years old – it seemed like the most normal thing to do – and have been smoking for almost 45 years.

How long did you smoke for?
I quit in January 2018, so almost 45 years.

How many did you smoke per day?
It’s hard to judge when smoking tobacco, but I think it was between 50 and 60 a day.

What made you decide to stop smoking?
I am quite a fit person and my health was not bad, however, I have a back problem that’s not going to get better, so thought I need to do something. I decided a month before I quit that I was going to do this, then I popped in to a chemist and they mentioned about the stop smoking service. I came home, gave them a call and my nearest clinic was at Hull Royal Infirmary (The Hub), so I went along. On my first appointment my CO reading was 16, and then every week after I have a CO reading of 2.

How did you hear about the service?
A Boots pharmacy.

What, if any, medication (NRT) did you use?
I used the patch and inhaler, and I still hold the inhaler now.

What difficulties did you find with stopping and how did you overcome them?
I found it so much easier then I though, I did think this would be hard and I would struggle, but to be honest I found it so easy. The stop smoking advisers were so friendly and helpful, this made it easier. I am very proud of myself, and my family and friends are really pleased with me, so much so that I would recommend the service to everyone who wants to quit. I have told a friend how to get in touch and how great the service is. It’s great to be a non-smoker and the teeth offer is a great bonus.

What benefits have you experienced since stopping?
My sense of smell is back – I never noticed that it wasn’t there until I quit smoking!

What advice would you give to other people who want to quit smoking?
Use the service, the staff are so friendly and helpful.

What advice would you give to your younger self about not starting smoking?
If I could, I would tell my younger self not to start, think about your health and how much money you will waste over the years.

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