Mind over matter

Quitting smoking is a personal journey and different for everyone. In Nancy Mikaere’s case it was for her own health and wellbeing.

The 70-year-old Tauranga resident is living with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, a lung disease where there is obstruction of airflow making it hard to breathe normally.

In 2015 her doctor said her breathing was getting worse and if she didn’t stop smoking she would be put on a nebuliser (a machine that gets oxygen to the lungs) for the rest of her life.

“I knew at that point I had to do something about it very smartly,” says Nancy. “It was a real challenge to quit smoking but I believe smoking is all in the mind and a control thing, so if I put it into my brain ‘I’m going to give it up, I’m going to give it up’ – I knew I would succeed. It wasn’t easy – but it was just a matter of hanging in there.”

Nancy was put on patches for a long time, but it wasn’t until she got in contact with the Hapainga Stop Smoking Service that she was able to quit completely.

“I had been trying for two years with patches and it just wasn’t enough to get to where I am now. Kate Warner from Hapainga was able to push me that little bit further by using gum and lozenges, and then finally Vape – and I haven’t touched a cigarette since January 2017.”

Anyone who wants to take the first step towards a smoke-free life in 2018 should get in touch with the Hapainga Stop Smoking Service on 0800 HAPAINGA (0800 427 246).