While Mauricio is learning to speak English, he visits our Invercargill stop smoking coach with an interpreter.
Through the interpreter, Mauricio spoke about his former smoking habit, which he started at 17-years-old because he wanted to try something new.
Back home in Cali it wasn’t expensive to smoke, he says. Cigarettes were about half the price of what they are in New Zealand.
“I smoked about 10 a day, but by the end I was smoking a pack of 20 a day.”
“After relocating to Invercargill I knew I needed to stop smoking for my health and for my family, and the cost.
I was lucky to have been referred to the Southern Stop Smoking Service by WellSouth supported by the Red Cross and supplied with an interpreter for our meetings.
The service supplied me with patches and gum and have supported me on my journey. I am now two months smoke free!
It was really important for me to access this service, because without support it’s almost impossible to stop smoking alone.
Sometimes I miss smoking but I won’t go back to the habit! I am happy to be smoke free.”
Mauricio was relocated to Invercargill, New Zealand, following conflict back home in Cali, Columbia. He is seeking a better life for him and his family and feels happy to be here. “Here is safety.”
Mauricio plans to continue learning English, and hopes to follow his passion for animals and eventually study to become a vet.