When Craig, 40, found out he was going to be a Dad, he decided
to kick his 10-20 a day habit.
After previously trying to quit using patches, Craig, who lives
in Castlemilk with his partner, Sharon, visited his local GP and
was prescribed a course of Champix and referred to the local
stop-smoking group for a 6-week course.
Craig said: "As soon as I found out we were expecting Eva I was
determined to quit the cigarettes. I'd tried unsuccessfully to quit
using patches so, for this attempt to work, I knew I'd need a
different type of support.
"I wasn't sure what to expect from the stop smoking groups but
was really pleasantly surprised after my first session. I found the
support from the other members and the group leader invaluable.
Everybody is in the same boat and going through the similar
experiences. The entire group looks out for each other and gives
you encouragement to stick at it.
"The group helped me stop doubting myself and made me realise
that my willpower is strong and that I really could quit for good.
The group leaders were also ex-smokers so were speaking from
experience. They knew exactly what we were going through so we all
trusted their advice."
Craig has now been smoke-free since March 17 2010 and has been
asked back on numerous occasions to help out at his local
stop-smoking groups. All cravings have disappeared and he feels
much healthier and better in himself. Financially, Craig and his
family have more disposable income, which means he can treat
daughter, Eva to her favourite things.
"Not smoking has changed my life for the better. I'm proud that
Eva has never seen me smoke and I can't see myself ever returning
to old habits. The combination of Champix and support groups proved
to be the right combination for me and I haven't looked back."