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How are our Quit Leaders getting on?

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There are so many reasons to quit smoking. From stained teeth, a nagging cough and premature ageing to serious health implications. Making a list of the reasons why you are quitting can help boost your motivation. You can go back to these reasons when things are tough.

This week, we asked our Quit Leaders why they want to stop smoking for good:

James Donegan, 40, Wexford

“Between the smell, the taste, the waste of money, and health reasons. It’s just everything. There’s not one thing that has turned me off fags, it’s a whole load of stuff.”

Claudine Woods, 49, Dublin

“I’ve loads of reasons. I’ve two teenagers, 16 and 19. My mother died of cancer. Two years ago I had breast cancer, and I have the start of emphysema.”

Dasha Osipova, 26, Gorey

“I went for a cervical screening and it showed evidence of pre-cancerous cells. I was advised to quit smoking as soon as possible. Once you get that letter that says there is something wrong, reality hits.”

Brandon Furlong, 26, Sligo

“It was mostly down to my asthma. I was lying on the couch and I had a cigarette before I went to sleep... I woke up a few hours later and I couldn’t breathe. The doctor thought it was a collapsed lung. It wasn’t thankfully. But that gave me the shock to say to myself: ‘stop’.

John Kierans, Irish Mirror Editor, 57, Louth

“I’m getting older, and I can feel it. I’m not walking as fast as I used to. I’m worried about my blood pressure, and I want to get it down.”

You can start your own 28 day no smoking challenge and Quit journey by signing up for Quit Plan calling freephone 1800 201 203 or freetext QUIT to 50100.

page last reviewed: 05/03/2020
next review due: 05/03/2023

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