Shane Davis is two days of life without smoking and has already saved almost $ 80.
The 30-year-old Hamilton diesel mechanic stops smoking as one of his New Year's resolutions. He took his last move shortly before the end of 2018 on Monday.
He was one of many to stop tobacco when New Year began. Quitline Quit-smoking service received 215 calls, emails and text calls on January 1, up 50 percent on the same day a year ago.
Quitline's CEO, Andrew Slater, said its busiest season is the beginning of January after the influx of people wishing to quit on the back of a New Year's edition and the annual tobacco price shock.
Prices rise sharply from January 1, reflecting the government's 10 percent tobacco tax increase. It is considering continuing with the final of the current planned increases next January.
Davis feels villain today, but blows the bottle, not the lack of cigarettes; His decision to stop drinking was hit by turbulence.
But what he is fond of is that even though he has had a bit of slipping on the drinking water, he got away from the smoke.
"When I drink, I can also have a jerk. I have a drink last night, but I didn't have a joke. So it was a good sign."
Davis also does not suffer from a strong desire to smoke.
"That's because I haven't been around someone who smokes. I've just been with a couple of close friends and they didn't smoke."
He is "the odd one out" and they are on his case about it.
"I do not feel like [smoke]. I've been busy and it takes my mind off things. If I can do it in the first two days, I can probably do it for the rest of my life. "
Davis smoke from 12 years. For the past 10 years, he has smoked around a pack of 25 cigarettes a day. The last package of Winfield Red he bought cost about $ 33. Today, they are listed at $ 39.90 with an online retailer and $ 38.90 for another.
He does not want his 11-year-old son to smoke, and he is one of the reasons why Davis has interrupted.
"It's mainly because of my health – I'm not getting younger, and I'd like to see my son grow up and the price of it.
"Smoking can kill you – cancer and all that."
While his first two days of cold-turkey have gone smoothly, Davis is a little worried tomorrow.
"When I go back to work tomorrow, everyone smokes and it will probably be my test."
"I am cold turkey at the moment until I get paid, and then I'll probably just buy some chewing gum [nicotine replacement therapy, NRT] to take that edge off. "
He has stopped smoking twice before: The first time he used NRT patches, the second time he ran on an electronic cigarette.
"I just wasn't ready to quit. I used to love to smoke. But now it's just too expensive."
He did not like weapons and said it made him feel sick.
Davis did not call Quitline for help, but is considering doing so.
Quitline said it offered to those who signed up for a personal plan to stop smoking a four-week supply of NRT patches, chewing gum or lozenges that cost them about $ 5, with the option of a free repeat. Without the subsidy, an eight-week supply could cost more than $ 200.
"Using stains, chewing gum and lozenges for eight weeks can double your chances of quitting."
Quitline's Slater said: "The cost of smoking as well as health problems are key factors for people who choose to quit. This time of year is when many people put an increased focus on their health and well-being."
He said about 10 percent of those enrolled in a Quitline program over the past year had used vaping to help them quit smoking.
"Vaping is typically cheaper than smoking cigarettes and can be beneficial to people who have not been successful with other methods."
The subsidized NRT can be ordered by registering with Quitline online or by calling 0800 778 778 or SMS 4006. Quitline mail clients a Quitcard recipe for redemption at a pharmacy or it can be faxed directly to their pharmacy.