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.Read more
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."