After having his first cigarette at the age of 16 years, Ian became a heavy smoker, "heavily addicted". Over the years, he tried to quit many times. He always went back to it. At the age of forty, he realised that if he continued to smoke, it "wouldn't be a great outcome" for him, particularly with the psychiatric medications he was taking. Click on the video below to watch Ian talk about how he stopped smoking and the benefits he's experienced since quitting.
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