20 a day Smoker for 60 years now smoke free

I am 74 and have smoked for over 60 years and smoked over 20 a day. I stopped when I was pregnant and one other time for a short period but always ended up smoking again.

I have COPD and asthma and obviously struggle with breathing. My health concerns me and I know giving up smoking would improve things, I am also aware that if I got COVID I could have serious problems and that worried me. I had concerns about quitting because it had never fully given up in the past.

Patches were great but Lyn my smoking support advisor suggested trying a second aid to help. I knew I wouldn’t like the gum so went for an inhalator, however that made me feel sick. So she suggested the little inhalator and it was magic, it really helped.

I liked that I had a phone appointment each week, Lyn was really knowedlge and gave me so much support. It helped having some ‘offical’ to say well done and in the early days it was an extra incentive not to ‘cheat’ She was perfect – firm, friendly, supportive, non-judgemental and she LISTENED as well as talking!!

I also combined the One Small Step support with the Stoptober APP and I found the daily information and support really helpful as well.

I wouldn’t say quitting has been easy, but its certainly been made easier by the support I have had. I don’t think I’d have done it without One Small Step.

I have been smoke free for 3 months and I can already notice improvements with my breathing.

I am already looking forward to One Small Step phoning me at 6 months to confirm to Lyn that I’m still not smoking. I know my breathing will continue to improve and I can manage my conditions better by not smoking.  

I’ve lost 7lbs since I started having support from OneSmallStep, I’ve actually really surprised myself with how well I’m doing. It’s not been easy but having someone to talk to who understands is a big help. I’ve set myself a goal to lose 2st in total and I honestly think I’ve cracked it this time. My blood pressure has come down already and I don’t get so out of breath going up the stairs.
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