"I started smoking when I was 12. My doctor told me that I had high cholesterol because of a genetic condition, and it was high enough that it could cause 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.

I found making a list of things to do instead of lighting up was a very useful, and I kept repeating to myself over and over: ‘the cravings will decrease and it will get easier’.

Since quitting I have more money, more energy and my house doesn’t smell of smoke. Food tastes better too, and my nails and teeth don’t have that yellow tinge anymore. It’s like a huge burden has been lifted off my shoulders. I don’t miss out on things because I have to duck out for a smoke, and I’m looking forward to enjoying good health in my later years."

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