She used to pluck cigarettes from her parents, smoked for over 30 years and didn’t even quit when she developed bronchitis.
But Karen Pugh from Northumberland finally kicked the habit with the help of her mother and daughter – who both quit too. Three generations of his family – including mum Joan and daughter Bobbie – were smokers. But with the help of e-cigarettes, all three have given up on fags and are now thrilled with the health and financial benefits.
Karen, 49 and from Cramlington, started smoking at 14 and smoked 20 times a day. She said: “Both of my parents were smokers and I used to pluck cigarettes from their packs in the morning to take them with me to school and smoke with my friends. I didn’t know at the time that it was the start of a 35-year-long addiction.”
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Unfortunately, she developed health issues and ended up with bronchitis. This prompted her to quit, but she found it difficult and the nicotine patches didn’t do the trick. She said: “I couldn’t catch my breath, I would be exhausted just walking up the stairs. I ended up in hospital and was diagnosed with bronchitis.
“Shortly after, I was at my granddaughter’s birthday party and felt so bad. I was watching my grandchildren play and felt the strongest desire to be there to see them. grow up. That’s when I decided to quit.
“Nicotine patches gave me the most horrible nightmares, but I tried to hold on. I stopped using patches for nine months, but I went out at night and thought I could get away with it. with a cheeky cigarette.Before I knew I was back to my old ways.My husband used to tell me I stank.
But Joan and Bobbie – who were also “running away from our health” with 20-a-day habits – have also decided to quit. “My mom told me she was concerned about her health and age, and if she could do it, I could too, and my daughter suggested trying e-cigarettes. You end up getting addicted to the hand-to-mouth action so it helps to feel like you’re fiddling with a cigarette.”
Now, using Smoko e-cigarettes, the trio have all quit smoking for six years. are shared his advice with others.
“I tried a cigarette a year after quitting and it almost made me vomit. I can’t stand the smell now,” she said. “I can’t believe I smelled like this before. No wonder my husband told me I stink! It’s easy to replace one unhealthy habit with another, but I’ve found that spending more time exercising helped me not think about smoking and having something to keep my hands busy reduced cravings.”