Hello all. I wasn't entirely sure where to post an introduction, this forum seemed the most appropriate! So here goes:
My name is Rich, I'm 23 and I've been smoking since about age 15. It's a familiar story; peer pressure at school, rebellion, curiosity and wanting to fit in. It was never a serious thing at the time, but once I left secondary school and started sixth form, the habit developed into what it is today
I'd say I smoke around 15 a day, more if I go to the pub or a friends house (most of whom smoke as well). There are a number of reasons for quitting, namely being the health issues. My mum was a smoker (she died when i was 5, possibly smoking related) and both my sisters are smokers (one of whom has been trying to quit for years). My dad (non-smoker) has recently told me that there is a history of high blood pressure and inherited heart conditions on the male side of his family.
Another reason for quitting is so I can save up for a new digital camera.
I have an appointment to see a quit smoking adviser on the 20th January, and I am aiming to make this my date of quitting. Until then, I'm going to try to cut down each day. I've already been smoking light cigarettes, but I'm under the impression that this has little effect due to the fact they make you take longer, deeper drags.
I think that's all I have to say for the time being. A bit of an essay there for ya