Kim's Quitting Story
Kim, 22, Birmingham
"I really think that my mental health has benefited by me quitting smoking“
What was my smoking habit:
I struggled with mental health issues lots when I was younger. I didn’t really have a solid support system I felt a bit lost, I needed a vice to turn to that was there, and unfortunately that was smoking.
My reason to quit smoking:
My Grandad who has been an idol to me my entire life has always been heavily against smoking and I never ever wanted to disappoint him.
Benefits of quitting smoking:
I really feel free, because it's this thing that you get tied to for so long and you get grouchy and tired and irritable.
I really feel like a weight has been lifted off me in every walk of my life.
My top tips to quit smoking:
It was definitely a lot easier when you’ve got a support system, because it kind of pushes you forward, like you don’t want to disappoint them as well as yourself.
Replace the smoking with a positive thing that you’ve wanted to do. Finding happy things in your life rather than negative.