Heidi's story

Heidi stood in theatre seating area

Exsmoker Heidi is a proud History Maker from Manchester who is supporting her family to quit smoking.

Stage manager Heidi started smoking when she was 17, being influenced by friends and an older partner who smoked. She felt as though she could avoid admitting to being a smoker while she was taking cigarettes from peers; it was only once she was buying them herself that she would be classified a smoker. By this point, however, she began telling herself that, even though she was a smoker, she “could stop whenever I want”. Soon, though, she was smoking more than the friends who had introduced her to the addiction.

Heidi used to get pains around her chest and around her lungs and heart.

She experienced a traumatic event in work which gave her panic attacks. She would smoke to comfort herself but she then realised that the smoking was making her panic attacks worse. Heidi felt as though, for the sake of her mental and physical health, she had no option but to quit smoking.

She has already convinced her dad to follow in her footsteps.

“It feels really good to have had a positive influence on my dad. He cares a lot more about his health now, and it’s brought us closer.”

Heidi is a choral singer and since quitting she’s noticed an improvement in her range, which has become more effortless. “I feel like I can breathe properly again.”

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