30th September 2022

Andrea’s quit smoking story

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With Stoptober just around the corner, the thought of quitting smoking could be creeping to the forefront of many minds. Rest assured, our Quit Support forum is here to support you all the way. Mum of two, Andrea, has been a member of our forum for several years, and is this year celebrating seven years smoke free.  

Andrea recalls when she first started smoking, “I started smoking when I was 13 due to peer pressure and thinking it would make me look ‘cooler’ – like so many did.  

“Funny thing is though, I never really enjoyed smoking – it was out of habit that I carried on for 18 years. It got to a point where I was smoking almost 40 cigarettes a day due to boredom and really having nothing to do.

“I tried quitting six times before my final quit and every time would end the same, I would secretly sneak cigarettes just to get my fix of nicotine.

“My seventh attempt to stop smoking was due to a cancer scare. It was the kick up the backside that I needed to realise just how dangerous smoking is, and I am so happy that I managed to kick the habit for good.

“I found the Quit Support forum when browsing online for support to help with stopping smoking. The amazing people on the site helped me through cravings, they helped through the low moments, and they still show me so much encouragement seven years later.

“The team on the forum use the mantra NOPE (Not One Puff Ever) and I still use it today.”

My advice to you…

“If you’re trying to quit this October, please don’t give up. It may take many tries before you are totally smoke free, but it can be done. Just get through one day at a time, find the support you need through family, friends and the amazing Quit Support team. You will get there, and you will see how much happier and healthier you can be.

Since quitting, I feel so much better in myself. I have taken up running, my skin feels cleaner, and I smell much nicer too! I really wish that I had done this much earlier, but I am happy that I am seven years smoke free and continuing my journey without cigarettes.”