Jackie started smoking when she was 16, and smoked heavily for 26 years. She decided to kick the habit after becoming ill with pneumonia and other lung infections. Her will-power and group support helped her quit.
“I started smoking when I was 16. I had two good friends who used to smoke and I wanted to be big and cool like them! I carried on for 26 years! I was smoking like a trouper and realised that it was either the cigarettes or my health.
"In 2011, I was sick with a blood clot on the lungs, pneumonia and chest infection. After that, when I wanted a cigarette, my mum took them out and disposed of them.
"After a habit of more than 20 years, I used will-power to give up and then after three months, I was introduced to Matt Seal who got me involved in a Stop Smoking clinic. Now, I would never dream of putting another cigarette in my mouth. When I’m on the street and I see people smoking around me, I think their breath is horrible and it’s just so expensive. I used to smoke 10 a day. It used to be the first thing I did in the morning and the last thing at night, but since I packed up, I have money to line my purse! I’m so glad I’ve moved out of that lifestyle.
I feel so much better, my hair doesn’t smell, or my clothes. I used to smoke roll ups and my fingers changed colour. Now, I look at other people and see the folly of it which I didn’t see when I was young.”