Rob’s journey: Who will I be without the smokes?


Rob has made the decision to quit smoking after 30 years. Find out how he’s feeling about this life-changing step.

I didn’t just wake up this morning and decide to quit.

I’ve been a smoker for 30 years and in all that time, I’ve only really thought about giving up once.

Five years ago, I lost my mum to lung cancer. She was a smoker. Straight away I thought, ‘That’s it, it’s an easy call … I’m giving up.’

I thought I could do it. I thought I had the willpower.

I made it about one week before I started smoking again. I was so disappointed in myself, that even after seeing everything my mum went through, I still couldn’t give up.

But this time feels different.

About six weeks ago, I found myself making plans to quit smoking. For the first time in 30 years, I felt motivated. I kept thinking, ‘What am I doing to myself? I’ve just got to do this!’

Coincidently, the Reverse Intervention opportunity presented itself – and so I took that as a sign that now is my time! It’s really given me the kick I need.

As a smoker, I know I need to do this for myself and for my family.

But I am nervous.

I’m facing the reality of losing something that’s been a part of my life for the last 30 years.

I don’t want to say it’s like losing a friend … smokes aren’t my friend. But I am losing a part of my identity. Who am I going to be without the smokes?

I sit back and think, ‘Why am I even worried about this?’. But smokes have always been there for me. When I’ve been through tough times, smokes have always been a comfort. It’s hard to explain, but it’s just weird to imagine my life without them.

Despite all of this, I am feeling motivated. After what Bronti and I learned through the Reverse Intervention, I am excited to give this a shot. I am so lucky to have the support of Bronti and the rest of our family. I am determined to do this for them … and for myself.

Now’s my time to quit.

Is it your time to quit too ?

Here are some tips for getting started:

  • Set a date: Quitting takes planning and preparation. Prepare for success!
  • Build a support team: The support of your friends and family may be essential to successfully quitting.
  • Talk to your doctor: You're up to 4x more likely to succeed in quitting with the help of a healthcare professional compared to quitting unaided.1

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