“I would’ve paid for cigarettes over food. Looking back it seems crazy.”
Twenty-three year old Jacub shares his experience of quitting after being a smoker since he was twelve.
Charlotte and Harry's story
“We quit together so we didn’t cave in, even if we really wanted one.”
Charlotte and Harry from Bury quit when they were pregnant with their first child.
“I tried to quit countless times. Don’t worry if you fail... just try again!”
Scarlett from Salford finally managed to quit with help from her friends.
“I beat a really bad drug and I feel amazing. If I can do it, anyone can.”
Café owner Gary was angry when a doctor told him that smoking would kill him but then decided he needed to quit.
“When he said it was lung cancer I just thought, how am I going to tell my children?”
Leigh from Trafford transformed her life by quitting smoking and taking up running.
“I used to say ‘if it kills me, it kills me’. But being told it could be cancer changes everything.”
After a major health scare, Lisa from Salford decided she had to quit.
“It’s only once you’ve stopped that you realise how trapped you were.”
Charlotte realised that the money she was spending on smoking could be better spent elsewhere.
“I quit for myself. I only managed by owning that decision.”
Heavy smoker Stewart says that he only stopped smoking because he owned the decision to quit and did it for himself.
“I just had to keep my mind occupied and not give in.”
Andrew quit after he was diagnosed with asthma and COPD linked to smoking.
“I had a heart attack at 53. If I hadn’t quit then, I wouldn’t be here for my grandkids now.”
Stopping smoking gave David from Oldham extra years of life, which he’s enjoying spending with his family.
“Cigarettes are like your best friend, you rely on them. But then you realise you’ve been conned.”
Chris from Bolton felt left out when he had to leave social gatherings to go outside and smoke. He feels healthier now, and gets to socialise more too.
“I wasn’t going to start radiotherapy with a cigarette on me. I get the cravings, but I’ve stopped.”
The shock of being diagnosed with throat cancer and seeing her daughter’s face convinced Ann she had to stop.
Smokers who quit with support from other people, whether trained advisers or family and friends, are more likely to quit successfully.