On the 1st of November a group of long time smokers started their quit journey. They knew it would be hard, but they were determined to kick the habit once and for all. Now, with the help of Stop Smoking Wales and their Help Me Quit programme we have five non-smokers!
We caught up with some of the group to see whether the programme was as they expected it would be, and how they feel now they are smoke free!
Gemma Mitchell was a smoker over fifteen years. She told us how the free nicotine replacement products helped her in her quit journey:
“The course was a lot different to what I thought it would be. I was expecting lectures and diagrams of what smoking does to your body and brain, which in all fairness smokers do already know. But this wasn’t like that. There was no judging going on, it was gently approached and well executed.
Quitting wasn’t as hard as I anticipated. For me it was about recognising when the cravings began and knowing when to use the aids. The Patches and Lozenges really worked for me. If I thought “Oh I want a fag” I put a lozenge in my mouth and the craving would subside almost instantly”
Changing his routine was the most difficult aspect of quitting for Steve Rush:
“The hardest part of quitting for me was changing my routine and finding something else to do when I would normally have a cigarette. However, after a couple of days it got easier to manage.
I would definitely recommend the course for anyone who seriously wants to quit as it provides the extra support you need. I feel extremely proud of the achievement and I am determined to remain a non-smoker!”
Danielle Perkins found the sessions a big help and is proud to be able to tell people she is smoke free:
“The biggest help for me was the weekly catch up with the group, or the one to one sessions with Ann, as it gave me something to concentrate on and aim for. The weekly meetings worked as a ‘count down’ for me so I could see how long I had quit for. I would 1 million percent recommend the course.
I had been naïve in the past and tried to quit on my own and now I know why it didn’t work. I never thought giving up smoking was something to brag about or be proud of, because smoking in the first place isn’t good, but I have told everyone I know about my journey!”
We caught up with Ann Claughan, the group mentor from Stop Smoking Wales, who told us:
“It has been my pleasure to work with such a brave group. It takes courage to attempt something new, especially when it has the potential of failure.
This group challenged themselves, achieving their goal of becoming smoke free! I’d say for anyone considering starting their own quit journey to give it a try! What have you got to lose really?”
If you would like to take part in our next quit smoking programme then speak to our employee engagement officer to register your interest.