$50 a week better off after quitting a 30-year habit
Greymouth mum Catherine Jermyn has kicked her smoking habit of thirty years.
“Financially I knew I just couldn’t keep smoking - every week I was blowing $50 a week on smokes. I was definitely ready to quit,” says Catherine.
Catherine’s first step in her smokefree journey was to get in touch with Trish Hunt from Oranga Hā - Tai Poutini: Stop Smoking West Coast.
“I knew Trish had been a regular smoker herself - if she could quit then so could I. We came up with a plan together and I knew she was just a text all call away if I needed her.
“Because I was so ready to quit it wasn’t actually as hard as I thought it would be. I haven’t had a single puff since quitting, and haven’t even been tempted to have a smoke when I’ve gone out with friends,” says Catherine.
Catherine says she’s really noticed the difference quitting has made to her bank account.
“Now I’ve quit I can buy more than I used to at the supermarket, and I’ve still got money in my bank account by the time my next pay comes around. Looking back, I can’t believe how much money I was just throwing away on cigarettes.”
Catherine’s advice to anyone thinking about quitting smoking is to ‘do it’.
“Find yourself a good support person and go for it. Tell lots of people too – you’ll be amazed at how many people know what you’re going through and want to help out.”
If you or someone you know would like help to quit, register here online or phone 0800 456 121.