Quitter David has saved an incredible £800 since he quit smoking - and that’s not including the bottle of champagne he bought to celebrate with his family once he passed the 1 month mark!
David has been urged to quit by both his family and GP due to certain health problems he has. Since being a child he has been asthmatic, and was also diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) last August. This means that he is easily out of breath, and smoking only contributed to his inability to be active.
He decided to change this once and for all after regretting not being able to play with his grandchildren for as long as he would like.
David came to our Calderdale Smokefree team for help, and joined one of their weekly group support sessions. He told us that without the support of the other he wouldn’t have been able to quit.
“They were absolutely brilliant. They offered help quickly - before I had the chance to change my mind!
Whenever a craving hit, David liked to use distraction techniques. He would make himself think of other things until the moment passed. He found the group very helpful for swapping advice with fellow quitters, but also felt more confident in his quit outside of the weekly sessions because he knew he could ring an adviser for support any time he needed to.
Since he has quit David’s breathing has improved greatly. He works around the garden more and has even created his own herb and vegetable patch in his back yard!
The most noticeable difference for David is the amount of money he has saved. He tells us
“It’s tremendous. I didn’t realise how much I was spending until I stopped.”
Across the rest of David’s life are some exciting upcoming plans which is happy that smoking won’t be a part of. His son is soon getting married in Brazil, his daughter is planning her wedding and David is also planning to tie the knot! With all that planning to do, David has plenty of distractions to draw him away from any tobacco cravings!
Congratulations David, You’ve done a great job in becoming smoke-free. We hope you enjoy all 3 smoke-free weddings!
If you want to quit smoking with the support of the Calderdale Smokefree team please visit http://calderdale.yorkshiresmokefree.nhs.uk/clinics or contact us on 0800 612 0011 (free from landlines).