Just over 17 months ago I made the challenging decision to give up smoking. It was a really hard journey for me and in the beginning giving up smoking was tough. For me I found going cold turkey with the free support of the NHS Smoke free service was what I needed.
This was not a decision I took lightly. It had to be my own decision and no amount of guilt-tripping would have made me quit.
I remember those early days after giving up smoking when folks commented about the fact I would soon become a preachy ‘Ex’ smoker and in turn would slam all smokers for their choice to smoke. That is not my style.
Smoking is your choice, as it was mine but when making a choice it is good to have information.
While I smoked for the 10 years of my daughter’s life I was an outside smoker, I smoked in the garden or next to the backdoor as I didn’t want my house to smell, which I guess is a contradiction in itself as the smell does stick to clothing. However I wanted to keep the smell out. It wasn’t till after I stopped that I watched the advert below and my stomach churned … I had no idea till I saw this advert on TV below
In fact I felt sick once I watched this as I had no idea that 80% of secondhand smoke is invisible and the harm this can cause children can be significant and felt I felt dreadful.
For 17 months I have been smoke free .. for the most part, I still crave to spark up a fag and take a drag … and on the odd occasion I have been out on a night out I have in fact sparked a fag and as much as I hate to say it I actually enjoyed it … till the morning with stinky clothes and a raging sore throat
One thing for sure is that I certainly won’t be smoking anywhere near my home, car or kids again. In fact I would really like to give up those very occasional smokes on nights out.
Disclaimer: I’m working with BritMums and Public Health English alongside the #brakesonsmoking campaign. I have been compensated for my time. All editorial and opinions are my own. Visit www.nhs.uk/smokefree for free support and advice.