I started smoking when I was 22 years old. I started at this age because I was friends with a smoker at the time. My friend offered me a cig one night (I remember this like it was yesterday) and because I was bored, I smoked it. I didn’t like the taste but felt the urge to continue smoking, this progressed over time and before I knew it I was smoking a lot. By the time I was 30 I started smoking weed. This was around the time life got tough for me as I spent time in jail and my smoking spiralled from there.
I really don’t like the smell of smoke and I never smoke indoors. I smoked both weed and cigs but never really enjoyed them, also financially I could not afford them. I came across a leaflet at the doctors and gave Knowsley stop smoking service a call. I called the service in April 2020 for help to quit smoking but by this point I had already managed to stop smoking weed before I joined the service.
I personally found it very difficult to stop smoking during lockdown, I do not work at the moment. I couldn’t go the gym, socialise and felt restricted. I also currently live in is in a block of flats which I do not like living in.
It would have been a lot easier and better for me if I could have seen an advisor face to face however, my Stop Smoking advisor Helen kept my motivation going and I felt encouraged through the calls and support I received.
The staff are lovely to talk to. I felt at ease when speaking to them over the phone, I am really happy I do not smoke weed or cigs anymore. My top tip for anyone wanting to quit is to get in touch with these guys at the Knowsley Stop Smoking Service and KEEP BUSY AS MUCH AS YOU CAN.