Tristan has recently become Smoke Free since using the One You Plymouth Stop Smoking Service. He was supported in his quit attempt by advisor Alyson and wants to share his story to help inspire others who may be thinking about going Smoke Free.
Tristan is 39 and had been smoking since he was 15. He decided to stop smoking as it was costing so much, and he was concerned about the impact on his health and, as he was approaching 40, he felt now was the best time to quit.
Tristan was walking back from the shop and realised he was becoming increasingly breathless, which helped him make up his mind to go smoke free for good. Once home, he went straight onto the internet and looked up Stop Smoking Services to see what they had on offer. He was signposted straight to the One You Plymouth website.
Tristan explains, “I made an initial appointment where we discussed all aspects of quitting smoking and all options available. I decided to use nicotine replacement therapy to help me and from there on in it was a case of following the plan and keeping in mind at all times the reason why I’d decided to quit – I think that’s what kept me going, remembering why I’m doing it.” Since Covid-19 has started myself and my family have been isolating. In some ways this has made things a little bit easier as I haven’t been going out so I’m not in situations where I might be tempted to smoke and has had a positive impact as I also haven’t been around other smokers.”
Tristan’s advice would be that quitting during the pandemic is a good time, you can’t go anywhere or do anything so you can focus on quitting. If you’re a social smoker it’s the perfect time to quit! Look at all the positives. Willpower is really important – Tristan’s parting words – “I’m a non-smoker now and I’m never going back.”
Tristan’s advisor Alyson said “I had the pleasure of supporting Tristan during his quit attempt, initially we met at the Cumberland Centre for face to face support but after COVID-19 we switched to telephone support, and organising Tristan’s NRT through the pharmacy. Despite the challenges of a very different way of working, and some initial concerns regarding NRT Tristan has had huge success and as he clearly states – there’s no going back now!”
If you would like advice and support to quit smoking like Tristan you can contact the One You Plymouth team today and we can help you take the first steps to becoming Smoke Free