"Smoking is a waste of time and money. It has had a huge impacted in my life. Chest pain, headaches, you name it. Quitting has been the best thing - feeling greater than ever."
"I was diagnosed with severe emphysema in October 2017. I had been a heavy smoker of ciggies for 45yrs until I had a day of being severely short of breath. I was terrified so went to the doctor and had a CT scan and lung function test and was given my diagnosis...I stopped smoking that very day through fear and with the help of patches. I'm on a morning puffer. I get plenty of exercise and 5 months down the track my breathing is great, I feel like I got a new lease on life. I'm not cured, but know how to manage this disease and slow it right down."
"I started smoking aged 10 by taking the odd ciggie from my dad's pack. In the 60's I could easily buy them from vending machines. From about 14 I smoked every day, even when I had a chest infection or bronchitis. Couldn’t go a day without it. At 48 I started to get very short of breath. A year later I could only take one puff which would make me cough my guts up... But I still took that one puff every day. I eventually ended up in hospital diagnosed with emphysema. I was there for 5 weeks. Since then I have never felt any craving for tobacco. Not for a single moment."
"I smoked for many years something like 48 years or more. My doctor told me that I could have a stroke. I thought to myself, I need to quit smoking to reduce my risk. If I get a smoking-related illness I’ll be really angry, because I’ll only have myself to blame.
Distraction was the key to quitting for me. I sat down and wrote out a list of distraction techniques to do whenever I wanted a smoke. Go for a walk, take a shower, do some art, hang out in non-smoking areas like the cinema or swimming pool. I was actually shocked at how quickly the cravings went away. I also had a quit booklet on hand, used an online app and got some tablets from my GP. I honestly never thought I could actually quit. I am still amazed in fact, that I have done it."
- Sheree (read more from Sheree here)
"I’m 49 and work as a nurse. I have smoked since I was 15 ... I have always seen the impact of cigarettes on the body through years of nursing but I never thought I would give up - I was dependant on them. I’d wake up during the night to have a cigarette. Last year I applied for a job and had to have a medical. My lung test was poor; I was experiencing shortness of breath and hadn’t been able to take a deep breath for months. After stopping the cigarettes I immediately found that my health improved immensely. I could actually take a deep breath and I could taste food. My breath no longer smelt stale and putrid. My sex life improved, my libido improved. I never realised how much smoking affected me mentally and physically. It would kill me one day and I would never get to see my grandson grow up. For me giving up was the best thing I ever did."