NOT BUTS ABOUT IT: Corie Goetez has saved more than $45,000 since giving up the smoke six years and 14 weeks ago.
NOT BUTS ABOUT IT: Corie Goetez has saved more than $45,000 since giving up the smoke six years and 14 weeks ago. Michael Nolan

How this woman saved more than $45,000

GIVING up the smokes isn't easy but with the right motivation and a little help it can be done.

John Clancy smoked rollies for about 12 years but by the time this paper goes to print he'll be eight weeks clear.

"It was kind of like, 'don't poke the bear' for the first week," Mr Clancy said.

He made the decision after following a conversation with his partner about having kids.

"We talked about starting family and came to an agreement that I'd quit," he said.

Along with providing a more healthy environment for any children, being smoke-free makes both conception and the viability of pregnancy more secure.

To help along the way he is using patches.

"Some days it's easy and some days it's not," he said.

Mr Clancy still craves that morning cigarette when he wakes up.

"The only advice I can really give is try to keep busy and take it one day at a time," he said.

"If you're have a craving have a glass of water and eventually you'll get sick of drinking water."

Corie Goetze is a mother four who used Champix to kick a pack-a-day habit.

"It made me a little crazy but it totally blocked the cravings," Ms Goetze said.

She also downloaded an app called Since I Quit to help track her progress.

"You put in your details, the date, the time, the amount you paid for your cigarettes," she said.

"It counts down and calculates how much money you have spent

and how much you would have smoked."

Since giving up six years and 14 weeks ago Ms Goetze has saved about $45,885 by not smoking close to 114,713 cigarettes.

"It's good to look back on for your quit anniversary and I treat myself every year," she said

Like many smokers Ms Goetze quit for health reasons.

She had a serious asthma attack, she was rushed to the doctor, hooked up to machines and given an injection of steroids.

At that point she started taking the right steps and quit about a month later.

"It was very hard, I didn't think I would ever quit smoking, I was pretty bad, I would light one off the last cigarette, that's how bad I was," Ms Goetze said.

"It used to be a social thing, you'd drink and have a smoke," she said.

Ms Goetze said quitting made her a a better mother.

She has more time to spend her children because she does not have to duck away from them for five minutes at a time for a smoke.

"You're not always irritated because you want to go out and smoke," she said.

"It just bugs me, I've become very anti-smoking and I can smell it on people, it irritates me.

"Now when I see people smoking near kids I go off."

If you, or some you know, wants to quit talk to your doctor, a chemist or call Quitline on 137848.

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