I am 37 years old and I smoked for 18
I tried to seriously quit smoking at least 10 times between the ages of 20 and 30.
It was more than the physical dependency though it was a lifestyle.
It’s what my friends did, it’s what I’d done since I was a teenager.
So it was very much a part of my lifestyle.
It was making me sick and when I was smoking when I was sick
it made me realise just how unwell it was to continue with it
and how little control I had over it and how much control it had over me.
I hated the smell on my clothes and my hair that would linger for days after I’d smoked.
I hated that it was so expensive and that I was prioritizing it over other things
that I needed and wanted more.
It gave me a heightened sense of anxiety because I knew,
you know that it wasn’t good for me and that it was killing me.
The hardest part of quitting for me was changing an almost lifelong habit.
It was staying out of the places that were trigger for me
and it was changing the behaviours that were a trigger for my smoking like my drinking.
So for me I found in the end I had to accept just how powerless I was over
my cigarette smoking and my nicotine addiction.
I used nicotine chewing gum to help me
quit, I didn’t really use patches
but the chewing gum gave me that hand-to-mouth sensation of a cigarette.
Since quitting I feel fitter, I feel healthier,
I feel happier, I save a lot of money,
my clothes don’t smell, my house doesn’t
smell, my health is so much better
and my self-esteem and my mental health is
better as a result of quitting smoking.