Cam started smoking at 15 years old because “it just seemed like a cool thing to do”.
Working as a tradie, “smokos” turned into a bad habit. Cam says “Even when I was playing footy, we used to have a smoke at half time”.
As an asthmatic he developed a bad chest infection and went to see his doctor who told him that if he didn’t quit he would have incurable emphysema. He was only 23 at the time. “That was my big wake up call to quit.”
Cam tried cutting back at first convincing himself he would be healthier by smoking less. “But everyone knows you’re just kidding yourself,” says Cam.
Finding out his wife was pregnant made the biggest difference and decided to quit. That was 4 years ago now.
He now feels healthier and has much more money in his pocket, which was a welcome bonus. Smoking is expensive. In fact, the amount of money you spend on smoking may surprise you. Cam says his self-esteem and confidence has increased too.
Now a full time musician and father of two, Cam feels much fitter and happier and can’t stand to be around cigarettes.
Even when quitting gets hard, telling someone they can do it can make a big difference.
*Results may vary from person to person.