“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.
"You've only got a limited time alive…I'd quite like to make it as long as possible."
Tom quit smoking so that he could reach his athletic potential.
“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.
"You can do this, even if you think you can't, because I know you can."
Heidi stopped smoking to improve her mental and physical health.
“Nobody knows how long they've got. Don't spend the last few years you've got wired up in a hospital bed.”
Grandmother Jean quit when she was hospitalised with shortness of breath. She was diagnosed with pneumonia.
“Stop buying cigarettes and with the saved money you can afford more things.”
Subrata moved from India to study at the University of Manchester. He decided it was an ideal time to quit smoking.
“I found out I was pregnant last August. I knew that I needed to quit.”
Bolton resident Teagan had tried to quit before. With support she stopped smoking and has managed not to go back.
“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.
“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.
"Anyone, no matter who it is, can do it!"
Grandparents Henry and Tina gave up after tongue and lung cancer diagnoses. Their children quit when they saw how smoking had affected their parents.
"Life as an exsmoker is liberating. It's the best thing I did."
Since they've quit smoking, Jane and her partner Donna can now be much more active, hiking in the outdoors.
"Quitting smoking has been honestly fine."
Laura stopped smoking due to fears about coronavirus. She quit with the help of her local support service and was surprised at how easy she found it.
Smokers who quit with support from other people, whether trained advisers or family and friends, are more likely to quit successfully.