Mark Ferguson, postman at the Laverndale Hospital, picked up a
10-a-day habit when he was 25. Now 36, Mark decided that it was
time to quit for good.
Mark, who is keen on his fitness and weight training, realised
that smoking was the one bad habit that was noticeably affecting
his health. Despite sticking to a regular exercise routine, Mark
frequently found himself short of breath when exercising and
realised that smoking was probably the root cause.
Having worked in the hospital for 10 years, Mark was aware that
advice was on hand within his workplace to help him quit. However,
it wasn't until 5 months ago that he approached Denise Meldrum, the
local stop smoking practitioner, to help him quit smoking. Through
a combination of patches and support from trained advisers at
Smokeline, Mark succeeded in quitting. Unfortunately, it only
lasted two months before he succumbed to having the occasional
cigarette when out at the pub with his friends.
Now 5 months on, Mark is working through another 3 month course
of patches and is determined to make it work.
Mark said: "I think of myself as being fairly health conscious
and take myself off to the gym 3 or 4 times a week. However, I've
been very conscious that smoking is the one thing that's holding me
back from pushing myself when exercising. The support I received
from Denise and from the trained advisers at Smokeline was superb.
Although, my first quit attempt ultimately failed, I'm determined
to quit for good this time around."