I started smoking when I was about 17 and I enjoyed the habit, especially in stressful times. Funnily enough though both of my parents smoked and I hated being around it as a child.
My parents were gutted when I started because they know how hard it is to kick the habit, but soon enough I was addicted and there was no stopping me.
At work, having a smoke was the only time I would ever take a break. I saw it as the only thing for me because I didn’t have a lot for me outside of work. It was my one getaway and I would take about 6 breaks a day to smoke.
I didn’t want to continue with the habit though, so two years ago I tried to stop. I know now that I wasn’t ready at the time. I still liked it and I wasn’t prepared to give it away.
But recently I became serious about it. Most of my friends didn’t smoke, I didn’t like the way I looked and sounded and I became concerned about my health.
I knew my mother had enrolled in the Southern Stop Smoking Service and I thought if she could do it, maybe I would too.
So, I enrolled and started seeing the coach at the end of July. I started using Zyban and gum and I have been smoke free ever since!
I don’t miss the habit much, just occasionally, and I’ve noticed everything is regenerating! I’m not as gravelly in the voice, I’m not as breathless, my eyes look clearer and I’m even getting new hair growth.
It’s great being able to socialize with people without being the “antisocial smoker”!