Kate started smoking a few cigarettes here and there when she was in her 20s. But it became harder and harder to give up, and in the end, she found herself smoking 40 cigarettes per day. In 2018, Kate celebrated 100 days smoke free thanks to Quitline.
“I was struggling with my breathing in the cooler months, and I found for the first time in my life that I needed a puffer. That was my motivation to call Quitline to help me quit for good.
Now, 100 days on, my lung capacity is getting a lot better. I’ve taken up swimming, which is something I never would have been able to do before. I’ve been getting outdoors a lot more and working in the garden. I’ve also discovered a love of food, which helped initially to distract me from smoking and has now become an enjoyable hobby.
There have certainly been tough times. After meals and social occasions were my triggers. But when you’ve got Quitline behind you, you know that you’re going to get through them. I know that staying on the path will be a challenge, but it’s one I feel I’m ready for.
Recently, my nephew leaned over to his mum and said in a low voice “it’s good Kate stopped smoking, now she won’t die”. That moment really hit home for me that there are so many people relying on you, and you’ve got to take care of yourself. I’m so glad that I built up the courage to quit, and would recommend Quitline to anyone else thinking of quitting―it’s a great feeling.”
– Kate C, 62
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