I have tried to stop smoking several times, but this was the first time someone actually made sense!
I didn’t realise how much of a difference it would make to have someone explain to me how to use the patches properly, and once they did I never looked back.
I started smoking at a very young age because my grandfather would give them to me. I was probably only 5-years-old. I was smoking full time by the time I was about 14. Back then, it was normal and it was advertised everywhere.
I have an addictive personality so for me, the addiction to nicotine kept me smoking. Nicotine is the worst addiction out there. I gave up alcohol for 12 years and it was hard, but nothing compared to cigarettes.
I was smoking about two 50g pouches of tobacco a week and at the end, about 30 taillies a day.
I had a lot of fluid of my lungs and I couldn’t have a puff without coughing! I was getting older and I knew it was time to stop. I wanted to stop mainly for my health but also because of the cost.
I noticed the Smokefee South Facebook page and I reached out. I was referred by them to the Southern Stop Smoking Service and sent out some patches.
One of the stop smoking coaches visited me and showed me how to use the patches properly. I have been smoke free now since just before Christmas!
My lungs are much better and I’m eating a lot better - my taste buds are back. I can take a breath without hearing a rattle and I’m enjoying having a lot more time on my hands. When I was smoking I also had high cholesterol but since I’ve stopped it’s gone back to normal.
I’m so pleased that I reached out to the Southern Stop Smoking Service and to have finally stopped smoking!