How old were you when you started smoking?
I was 16 when I started and I've smoked for the last 19 years, smoking on average 6-10 cigarettes a day.
Do you remember why you started smoking?
All my friends and peers were doing it, so I thought I'd try it.
What were your reasons for quitting?
I want to improve my health and I also quit for my children. I have two year old twins and I never want them to see me smoke, I also want to be able to spend as much time with them as possible.
How did you access stop smoking support?
I had one-to-one sessions with a Yorkshire Smokefree advisor which was good.
How helpful did you find it?
I had been trying for a long time to stop on my own but I wasn't able to do it, but now I have with the help of Yorkshire Smokefree.
Apart from nicotine replacement therapy, what else helped you to quit and stay smoke free?
Friends and family.
Has your health improved since you quit?
My breathing has, and I have far more energy.
What do you like about not smoking?
Not having the taste and the smell but mainly not being addicted.
Do you know how much money you've saved by not smoking?
I have saved over £350 and I plan to treat myself with the money saved by having a spa day with a friend and going to Madrid for the weekend!
What would you say to anyone who has recently started smoking?
Smoking is the hardest thing to give up, I wish I had never started.