Stop smoking interview with Ernest Deacon
Local resident Ernest Deacon first attended one of the trust's local stop smoking service’s drop-in clinics in February 2013. Thanks to the support that the team provided, combined with Ernest's determination to quit, he has now successfully been smoke-free for over 18 months.
The trust’s stop smoking service office manager, Mike Carveth, caught up with Ernest recently to hear about his experience with the trust’s stop smoking service, the financial and health benefits of giving up - and why Ernest feels he will never smoke again:
Mike: Congratulations on managing to stop smoking! How would you describe your experience of stopping with Hounslow Stop Smoking Service?
Ernest: Excellent! I heard about it as I picked up a flyer from Heart of Hounslow. I found myself badly out of breath as I left the health centre that day - this was on a Monday, and come Tuesday morning I was in one of the team’s stop smoking drop-in clinics!
Mike: Which medication did you use to help you stop?
Ernest: An inhalator. I’ve always been a very light user of them as they say you can have up to 6 a day, but I’ve only ever used one or two!
Mike: What has been the hardest thing whilst trying to give up?
Ernest: I would say certain times of the day, which I think many smokers would relate to. The most difficult times were first thing in the morning and after lunch and dinner.
Mike: What motivated you to stop smoking?
Ernest: I collapsed 3 times due to my COPD as my chest felt very tight. After the third time this happened decided it was time to do something about my smoking habit.
Mike: Have you tried to stop before?
Ernest: Oh yes! I would say I have tried over 24 times! The longest I ever stopped for before now was for 3 months.
Mike: What made it easier this time?
Ernest: The fact that I was so determined after having collapsed and also the inhalator.
Mike: What have you been spending the money you’ve saved from not smoking on?
Ernest: I went to Glasgow for Christmas last year and I now have money to go out and socialise more with friends. I opened a savings account I called my ‘Baccy Account’ and when I first stopped I was putting in £50 a week that I otherwise would have spent on cigarettes.
Mike: Do you feel healthier? What changes have you noticed whilst stopping?
Ernest: Oh yes! I’m feeling a lot better now in myself now! My lungs feel much better and I can walk much further than before.
Mike: Are you telling friends and other members of your family about the service?
Ernest: Yes, absolutely. I tell them about the drop-in clinics at Feltham Centre for Health Heart of Hounslow Centre for Health
Mike: Would you recommend the service to other people?
Ernest: Yes and I do! Quite regularly in fact!
Mike: How has quitting changed your life? What message would you have for others that want to quit?
Ernest: I would say to people that it will greatly improve your breathing and will be able to walk further without getting breathless. My message would be that it definitely is possible to stop and you will feel a lot healthier when you do.
Mike: Are you confident that you will now be able to stay smokefree?
Ernest: Yes! It’s been 18 months now and I’m still going strong!
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You can find out more about our stop smoking service in Hounslow here.