I have been a smoker for over 40 years and try to quit several times in the past. In recent years my health has become a real concern, but I still struggled to quit.
"After talking to a nurse at the hospital about the benefits of stopping smoking I decided to accept a referral to the Change Grow Live Newcastle Stop Smoking + Service."
I have been a smoker for over 40 years and try to quit several times in the past. In recent years my health has become a real concern, but I still struggled to quit. After talking to a nurse at the hospital about the benefits of stopping smoking I decided to accept a referral to the Change Grow Live Newcastle Stop Smoking + Service. Unsure of what to expect, I got a phone call 24 hours later booking me into a clinic near to where I live.
I was quite anxious when I arrived there, as I have never tried to quit through a stop smoking service before. I was asked about my smoking habits and why I smoked. I was also asked when the key times in the day I would light up and what my triggers were. After identifying my triggers I was asked to blow in a co-monitor. It established I was quite a heavy smoker! We discussed different treatment options such as patches, gum, oral spray and mini lozenges. I decided to try patches and oral spray. I was given clear instructions how to use products and the potential side effects. My adviser and I agreed on a quit day. I was given a voucher to take to my local pharmacy and off I went with a spring in my step.
I was given weekly follow-up appointments to see how I was getting on. After two weeks I was still struggling with cravings and was not too keen on the oral spray. We discussed other options and I was always curious about electronic cigarettes. After a good discussion about them, I decided to go away and purchase one. My adviser told me what to look for when purchasing one, and what oil to look for.
On my 3rd appointment, I returned with great news and I was feeling really positive. I was now over two weeks smoke free and the electronic cigarette along with the patch had made all the difference. My cravings were now minimal. The electronic cigarette was fantastic when I went out socially or when I sat in alone at night watching the TV. I felt so much better and had already saved over £100. I continued to see my adviser over the 12 weeks and saved in total over £600.
I could have not quit without the support. This was the difference between quitting and not quitting. My adviser was so helpful and give me many tips over the 12 weeks. I was also given a great quit plan and advised when to drop down patch strength at the correct times. I am now confident of not going back to smoking and in a nice way hope I don’t have to see my adviser again. I would 100% recommend this service to anyone. I just wish I found this service years earlier.