Rob’s journey: Why did I wait so long to visit my doctor?

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Rob visits his doctor to get a quit smoking plan that’s best for him.

I’ve been to see my doctor to get extra support to quit smoking.

We had an honest conversation. I told my doctor where I was at after my slip-up and we discussed a quit plan that will work best for me.

I feel proud that I’ve finally done this. But I can’t help thinking, ‘Why did it take me so long?’

I guess, in some ways I was nervous.

Part of me was worried about coping an earful or getting told off for being a smoker. But it was more than that, as well. If I’m completely honest, I was also nervous about making a full commitment to quitting.

I kept wondering who I’ll be without smokes. Smoking has always been a comfort for me. It’s weird to think about my life without it.

How will I handle my morning coffee without a smoke?

Will I be able to catch up with my smoking mates and resist the urge to join them?

I don’t think I’ve played a round of golf or gone fishing without a smoke in 30 years! Will I still enjoy those things?

I know I’ve made the right decision to visit the doctor who has helped me understand that smokes are an addiction – and just like any other medical condition, it’s ok to get that extra support to help kick this habit.

I feel like I am on the right track now.

I’m excited to really give this a good shot. And I’m looking forward to feeling the benefits of a smoke-free life again. After my last quit attempt, I started coughing less and tasting food better in just 3 weeks.1 Imagine how good I’ll feel in 3 months, 6 months or even 12 months from now!

It’s those positive thoughts, the health benefits of quitting smoking and the support of Bronti and my family that will keep me going.

My end-goal of a smoke-free life is firmly in my sights. And now I have the plan to get me there.

Nicotine addiction is a medical condition.2 Talk to your doctor to get the support you need to help you quit smoking.

Cigarettes are so addictive because of the effect that nicotine has on your body3 Nicotine causes the release of dopamine – the ‘feel-good’ chemical.3 Once your body gets a taste of it, you’ll want more! So, you’ll feel like another cigarette.3

Quitting is not just a matter of strength and willpower. You may also need to overcome an addiction to nicotine.2

Nicotine addiction is a medical condition.2 You're up to 4x more likely to succeed in quitting with the help of a healthcare professional compared to quitting unaided.4 You and your doctor can develop a quit plan that best suits your needs.

You can make the conversation about quitting that little bit easier with our ‘Questions to ask your doctor’ factsheet

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