Trefor and Janet made the decision in March 2016 to support each other to improve their health, so went along together to see their local Quit4Life adviser, Peta White, at St Paul's Surgery in Winchester. Janet, 66, and her son Trefor, 42, had both started smoking in their teens and, while they had given up before, life had got in the way and they had gone back to smoking.
Peta organised stop smoking medication to suit each of them and they found it surprisingly easy not to have a single puff after their agreed quit dates. Janet said it was nice having a weekly chat and it really helped seeing how quickly their carbon monoxide readings returned to normal. Within a few weeks she also noticed she had no more wheezy chests and didn't get out of breath so easily.
Like many smokers, Trefor and Janet had both expressed a concern about gaining weight when they stopped smoking. Since teaming up with Weight Watchers, Quit4Life is able to offer eligible clients who quit with the service free vouchers for 12 weekly slimming classes, and the pair were keen to take up the offer.
They both thoroughly enjoyed attending their local slimming classes and Trefor in particular was delighted to lose over a stone in the first three weeks.
"I feel great and would really recommend others to see a Quit4Life adviser for help to quit," he said. "I play golf with far more ease, my taste is back, my fingers and breath don't smell, my teeth are whiter and above all, I just feel healthier."
UPDATE FOR SUMMER 2017:
Both Trefor and Janet have continued their new healthier, smoke-free lifestyles and have both since lost even more weight after quitting smoking.
Trefor has embraced his new active lifestyle and has signed up to run in the Winchester Half Marathon this year. Good luck Trefor, from all at Quit4Life!