One of the successful group participants, a 54-year-old Invercargill woman, jumped at the chance to join our STOPtober Challenge after noticing it in the newspaper.
The woman started smoking at the young age of 16 and had quit for short periods several times throughout the next 38 years. But she’d always wanted to have somewhere she could go to talk to other people and obtain support.
She attributes the support of Nga Kete’s STOPtober group and the amazing Teina Wilmshurst to beating the habit and intends to continue attending the meetings to keep her motivated.
She believes if not for the group she would still be smoking.
Her former habit of 15 to 20 roll-your-owns a day has been broken and instead she is enjoying more freedom and more money!