Congratulations to Patrick who is officially smoke free with support from Yorkshire Smokefree. We’re thankful for him sharing his story with us in hope that it will inspire others! Over to you, Patrick…
I grew up in a large family and my parents and five siblings were all smokers, so it felt inevitable that I picked up the habit too. Fast forward 50 years of smoking almost 30 cigarettes a day my health had taken a beating and I was ready to quit.
I was a bit nervous about attending my first one-to-one appointment but was quickly made to feel comfortable by my adviser and the rest of the team. Together, we tried a few different products, but I found using the patches was the best fit for me.
The first few weeks were tough but the continued support from my adviser and daily motivational text messages teamed with the grandchildren keeping me in check helped me keep going!
In the short time I have been smoke free, I have already saved over £600! I’m saving it up to really treat myself and the family next year.
What would I say to someone who has recently started smoking? Don’t do it! It’s not just about the money you’ll waste, do it for your health and for the health of your loved ones.
If you feel inspired by Patrick's story and would like support in quitting smoking, register for a call back at: https://yorkshiresmokefree.nhs.uk/pages/callback-request