“My motivation to quit was money and health.” – Victoria’s story

22 Feb 2024

Victoria joined the Leeds Stop Smoking service to kick the habit for good. With previous attempts to quit smoking proving unsuccessful, Victoria felt that smoking had a hold over her.

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After speaking to one of our qualified Health Coaches by phone, Victoria felt at ease and that she would finally be able to receive the support she needed. Victoria attended her first group session and met like-minded people who were at different stages of their stop smoking journey.

Having the opportunity to speak to others in the group who have been successful in quitting smoking inspired Victoria and gave her the motivation to keep going.

“I previously tried to quit on my own, but I only lasted a few days. My motivation to quit was money and health. When I smoked, I felt guilty, unhealthy and I hated the hold it had over my life”, said Victoria.

“I was nervous to join Leeds Stop Smoking, but my Health Coach, Marie, made me feel so comfortable and welcome, as did the rest of the group. The discussions we had during each session really helped, we talked about our individual motivations to quit, and measured our carbon monoxide levels – which we saw drop week by week.”

Leeds Stop Smoking provide nicotine replacement therapy, free of charge to those who join our service.

“Prior to joining, I smoked 30 cigarettes a day, so, I knew it would be a challenge, however, Marie was on hand to talk me through all the supporting options, and we decided together on trying a vape pen.

“I’ve found Leeds Stop Smoking service very supportive and helpful towards my goals as an individual, which has kept me motivated to quit for good. The service has been flexible, I have attended group and one to one sessions too, which Marie has changed to suit me and my work pattern when needed.

Victoria has now been smoke free for over a month, and continues to receive support from her Health Coach.

“I have smoked since I was 16, I’m now 38. Already I feel healthier, and I have noticed a huge change in my smell and taste and I’m not coughing as much. I feel so proud of myself and happier about the future, as well as saving £548 a month from not buying cigarettes, that’s a holiday every few months!

“With the money I’ve saved so far, I have bought new tyres for my car, and some new clothes. Most importantly, I’m looking forward to having better health, and I regret not using this service years ago!”