First cab off the rank, Timothy O’Brien. We sat down with this third year media student in week four of his Chooseday journey to discuss all things smoking, addiction and positive peer pressure. When did you start smoking?
I started smoking when I was about 16 years old.
How many cigarettes do you smoke a week?
Initially I only smoked socially, but it progressed to daily and at home. At that point I was smoking about 30 cigarettes a week.
What are your smoking triggers?
Whenever I see or smell cigarette smoke, if I see someone smoking on television, or if I have alcohol.
Do you cave in to these triggers?
In most cases, yes.
What made you want to take the #chooseday pledge?
Well, some of my friends encouraged me to do it. I had been meaning to quit for a while and seeing the facebook campaign encouraged me to take the final step. So I would classify it as social pressures.
How long have being doing #chooseday?
About 4-5 weeks now.
How has it been?
It has been very helpful and rewarding, I am able to interact with other who are smoking as well as learn some interesting things about the damage that smoking can do. I am also reminded every Tuesday of why I am doing this, which further motivates me.
Since beginning #chooseday has quitting smoking seemed like a more achievable goal? Absolutely. It has been an ongoing process as I am constantly reminded of my mission on social media. It’s a campaign that I can interact with daily, and I can understand that my goal is realistic and definitive.