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Shin Hayes

2 months smoke free

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Shin found listening to music helped

Why did you decide to quit?

I decided to quit because I have three wonderful children. I want to be around to see them growing up. I felt the time was right for me to knock this awful addiction on the head! My health was of course another big factor. I suffer from an autoimmune condition called Palindromic Rheumatism and I've no doubt that taking cigarettes out of the equation was the right thing to do. I am also delighted to say I no longer have that horrible tiring & very embarrassing cough I had while smoking.

What is the one thing that is really helping you to stay smoke-free?

The thing that is really helping is the use of NRT. I religiously use Nicorette patches and a Nicorette inhaler. The ongoing support from my smoking cessation officer Miriam is also second to none. My children are very proud of me. They want their mammy to be with them for many many years and I plan on being here for them as long as I possibly can.

How do you distract yourself from the cravings?

I beat the cravings by listening to my favourite music and by using the Nicorette inhaler regularly. This definately helps.

What is the best thing about being smoke-free?

The best thing about being smoke-free is.. As I mentioned earlier, I no longer have the horrible cough I once had. I also feel fresher & healthier, my clothes and hair don't stink in cigarette smoke anymore. Recently I thoroughly enjoyed sharing my story on Ireland AM. I hope my experience will help inspire others that want to quit. I was smoking 20 years. If I can quit anyone can!

What tips or advice would you give to anyone else trying to quit?

My advice for other smokers is to avail of the HSE quit smoking group in your local area. It's a free service that I'd highly recommend.. The advice and group support is second to none! And if you can't do it for yourself, do it for someone you love ❤️