A woman from Long Lawford who smoked 40 cigarettes a day was given two years to live unless she quit the habit.
On February 17, 2012, Kate Goodman was diagnosed with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease.
She said: “I already have MS and my family doctor told me I would be lucky to live for more than two years if I carried on smoking 40 cigarettes a day.
“I tried patches, pills and all sorts with the NHS. I even tried hypnotherapy - all without joy.”
Kate turned to acupuncture to help beat the addiction that was killing her and giving her repeated chest infections.
“I did cut down but I just couldn’t stop,” she said.
“I was in the chemist in Brownsover and they told me about a new shop in Regent Street called Smoke no Smoke. I decided I had nothing to lose.”
April 5, 2012, was the day Kate turned her life around.
She took the plunge and got a smoke-free kit from Smoke no Smoke.
Kate said: “Now two years on I can honestly say I have had six single puffs on a real cigarette on six different occasions and after I puff I throw it away.
“So I want to say a big thank you to all the staff, especially owner Jim Lacey, who have helped save my life.
“I also want to say thank you from my daughter Leah, who also quit and thank you from my grandkids and my husband John.”
Kate said she has finally got her life back. She will be going on a cruise at the weekend to celebrate being two years smoke free.
“I’m sorry I won’t be there at the weekend to help the shop mark its two year anniversary – I will be using the money I’ve saved from not smoking to go,” she said.