Guest Blogger

Theresa Paterson – ‘Why I followed through on my decision to quit’

Here I am with the ‘Butts in the bin’ sign at work  - quitting can be hard so it’s good to see signage that encourages us to respect our land and culture.

Coming back to work at VACCHO in January was when I decided to follow through on my decision to quit smoking.

I was sick of all the huffing and puffing when walking up stairs, hills and on long walks. I was especially sick of the coughing and people asking, “is that a smoker’s cough?”

I’m glad I don’t smoke now so I don’t have to worry about others bludging for a smoke and putting up with, “sis you got a spare smoke?” My reply would always be, “support your own habit, do you know how expensive a packet is these days?!”… But I’d still give in and give them one knowing that one day I’m also going to be short.

Now that the law has made it harder for people to smoke in public – like in clubs, pubs and most restaurants, it was annoying to always be the one to get up and leave the party to find a designated smoking area. These are just a small list of things I got sick of as a smoker!

It was pretty tough getting through the first month but I feel so much better! It’s now February and I’m finally feeling pumped and ready to ‘butt out for good!’ The great thing is now my hair and clothes don’t reek of tobacco. I sure don’t miss that smell. So here’s to my first entry on the NO SMOKES blog and starting out on a new smoke-free journey.

Ps. The photo above is me with the ‘Butts in the bin’ sign at work – quitting can be hard so it’s good to see signage that encourages us to respect our land and culture.

More photos to come – so stay posted!

Q&A with February guest blogger Theresa Paterson
Blog 1: Theresa Paterson – ‘Why I followed through on my decision to quit’
Blog 2: Theresa Paterson – Staying Positive
Blog 3: Theresa Paterson – On the road again
Blog 4: Theresa Paterson – The slip up!
Blog 5- Three months smoke-free! 

 

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“Theresa is a 24 year old Aboriginal woman from Darwin, who now works in Melbourne. She has been a smoker for 9 years and has now been quit for over 6 weeks.”

 

You can follow Theresa’s quit journey though her blog during February and the first few weeks of March.