People’s stories

Joan, David, Andrew, Neil, Maria and Geoff talk about smoking... and the journey towards quitting.

People’s stories

Joan, David, Andrew, Neil, Maria and Geoff talk about their decision to stop smoking, and their experiences so far.

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I decided to quit smoking for financial reasons and because my husband really wanted me to stop. I have tried to quit several times before using different products but I knew I was ready to quit because I felt motivated. Since quitting, my breathing has improved and I have saved a lot of money which I have put away for a holiday next year. The biggest benefit I have found since quitting is that my husband no longer tells me to stop and is proud of me. Tips I would give to others to help them quit is, to get support and medication from a stop smoking advisor as the praise I received was great. I would recommend Smoke Free County Durham to everyone.


Quitting smoking is something I have tried many times over the years. I have had a lot to think about with my health and I keep asking myself if this ‘little stick’ is worth it. I have smoked since a young age so know quitting is always going to be a hard habit to give up. I have had fantastic support from my advisor, all the advice and ongoing patience to get me where I need to be has been great. I am determined to be a non-smoker.


I started smoking again around 2 years ago. I have stopped before, my longest quit was 15years. I think commitment is the hardest thing when giving up smoking – it’s too easy to go back to it but this time I had my health to consider. I used patches which were great for me, they just slotted into my daily routine. I have managed to save a bit of money which I have put towards my trike – before I could not justify the money to do that because I was smoking. My best advice was to ‘give it a chance’ and to ‘keep going’. I always hated dirty ashtrays and now I don’t have to clean my own anymore.

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