Catherine Solomon

Blog day 5 – Catherine Solomon ‘Why I decided to quit’

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One of the main reasons I decided to quit smoking is my asthma. I started to get sick almost all the time. I was always coughing, wheezing and my chest felt tight almost all the time.

I got sick of waking up early in the morning trying to cough and not being at home I never had my inhaler on me.

This point in my life, I really wanted to go home.

To go home, I needed to quit because I knew my mother and father would not encourage my smoking habit, so that’s when I quitted smoking.

Another reason why I quitted smoking? I felt like I was being used to buy smokes, which made me feel uncomfortable in my group of friends. Did they really want me around?

At the end of the day I am happy with my choices on quitting smoking because my health is really important to me, and by quitting cigarettes I can concentrate on things that I need to do.

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Catherine Solomon is a Year 11 student at Warriappendi School in Adelaide. Catherine is the No Smokes guest blogger for July, sharing her experience of smoking and quitting with us. Read Catherine’s other blog posts here:

Blog 1 – My smoking history

Blog 2 – My life as a smoker

Blog 3 – Why I decided to quit

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