Smoking for 40 years – it’s time to quit
My first symptom was drop foot
I worked as a shop fitter, so when I started suffering from drop foot, as it was a manual job I had to give it up.
My wife and I recognised my symptoms as she has progressive MS. I’m still quite mobile, but find the sun crucifies both of us. And in the past, I haven’t been let into pubs because the bouncer has thought I was drunk!
My MS nurse Vicky is only a phone call away – she’s an unsung hero. She’s taught me to do time management so I can recognise when I’m tired. Now I’ll do something and then have a sleep.
I’ve been smoking since I was 10!
I did the MS Society survey on smoking and, if I’m honest it upset me. But I know they wouldn’t say something about smoking and MS if they didn’t have the evidence to support it.
They wouldn’t say something about smoking and MS if they didn’t have the evidence to support it.
I’ve been smoking since I was 10! By about 15, I was smoking every day – around 10 cigarettes. You could buy them from a vending machine outside school.
Peer pressure got me started
My parents were smokers and my friends (who were older) smoked, so there was a bit of peer pressure for me to do it.
I had quite affluent grandparents who gave me money and I would always spend it – along with what my parents gave me for pocket money and earnings from my part-time job - on cigarettes.
As I got older I started social smoking, especially when drinking and could smoke up to 60 a day! It was a hell of a lot cheaper then.
Jacqueline and I both want to stop – it’s our goal to stop. Knowing it could prevent us from becoming more disabled is an incredible motivator.
We gave up but bad news started us off again
I stopped smoking for two years, but at the beginning of the year started again as we received some bad news and it was an automatic response.
I put it down to a lack of sleep, but my MS nurse Vicky said it was a relapse and put me on a five-day course of steroids which helped.
We want to quit to save our health - and a lot of money
Jacqueline and I both want to stop – it’s our goal to stop. Knowing it could prevent us from becoming more disabled is an incredible motivator
Your routes to quit
If you want to make a quit attempt this October you won’t be alone. There’s support wherever you live in the UK.
If you're worried about this information or have questions about smoking and MS, please call our free MS Helpline on 0808 800 8000 or email firstname.lastname@example.org