But I’m back on track’ A

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s part of the Hold My Light cam­paign, we have checked in with Sarah-Jane Thomas – one of our five smok­ers who signed up to quit ci­garettes with a lit­tle sup­port from the peo­ple around them – to see how she has got on af­ter her first smoke-free week.

Sarah-Jane, 28, has had a mixed week since sign­ing up to the hold­my­light .co.uk chal­lenge.

Al­though she man­aged to suc­cess­fully get through her first week with the en­cour­age­ment of her boyfriend and sup­porter Leo Feld­man, 29, she hit a stum­bling block a few days later on a night out with the girls and gave in to the temp­ta­tion of a few ci­garettes.

She said: “My guard was down and be­cause Leo, who is act­ing as my sup­porter, wasn’t with me, I didn’t have any­one with me to keep me on track.

“I felt so guilty the next day and ab­so­lutely re­gret­ted it.”

But Sarah-Jane is de­ter­mined not to let one blip pre­vent her from achiev­ing her ul­ti­mate goal of go­ing smoke-free.

She said: “I know where I went wrong, so will now put a plan in place so I don’t fall into the same sit­u­a­tion again. I’m go­ing to avoid any heavy so­cial nights out in the short term, and make sure when I next have a few drinks Leo is with me, as he re­ally is a tower of strength.

“Be­sides which, as well as be­ing des­per­ate to go smoke-free, I’m de­ter­mined that Leo will stick to his end of the bar­gain to take me to the the­atre once I’ve man­aged to com­plete the 30 days.”

He’s not the only one of­fer­ing sup­port. Sarah-Jane’s col­leagues have also been spurring her on while she has been at work, and gen­tly en­cour­ag­ing her to stay on track. She said: “It does re­ally help when you have the back­ing of peo­ple around you. They get you through the day and re­ally spur you on.”

Hold My Light is cen­tred around en­rolling friends, fam­ily or col­leagues to help smok­ers give up ci­garettes, as it’s been doc­u­mented that one-to-one-sup­port is the most pop­u­lar tool for quit­ting.*

Sarah-Jane added: “I know they will be my back­bone over the next few weeks and I have no doubt they will stop me from hav­ing an­other blip.”

Re­search has shown that if you quit smok­ing for four weeks, you are five times more likely to quit smok­ing for good.**

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