This was 54 year old Hackney resident Nazmiye Baris’ life as a smoker. Nazmiye is now proud to be a quitter and has never looked back.
Nazmiye first started smoking as a teenager instanbul where she born and where she lived until her mid-twenties when she came to the UK.
She has tried to stop smoking before, but the stress and upset of a bereavement during her first attempt to quit led her to start again.
At the end of last year, Nazmiye was diagnosed with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). COPD is a collection of lung diseases that include chronic bronchitis and emphysema that make breathing very difficult. Approximately 25,000 people die each year from COPD in England. In Hackney, 46 deaths per year are caused by COPD linked directly to smoking.
After spending a week in hospital, she was told that, for her quality of life to improve she must stop smoking. She was referred to the local Stop Smoking Service and was given one to one weekly support from a Turkish speaking advisor at the Heron GP Practice in Stoke Newington.
Nazmiye’s advisor also gave her tips to combat cravings and they worked together to find the right medication to support this. “I used gum and patches and as my body was starting to get over the cravings, I gradually started using less and less.”
Nazmiye’s main motivation to remain a quitter has been Hakkan.
Nazmiye’s relationship with Hakkan is very important to her, and now that she’s stopped smoking, she has discovered that she has a lot more spare cash to spend on treating him and doing things together.
Nazmiye’s experience has shown her how much of an impact smoking has on your life and on the people around you. She urges all smokers to consider quitting before it is too late. “Please, please don’t touch another cigarette. If you love your family and your children, you must try and stop,” she said emphatically.
Quitting can make improvements to your lifestyle and health in ways you might not expect.