Josh Ridge was 35 when he decided to quit smoking, a habit he’d had since he was 18. “I’d wanted to quit for a period of time,” he says. “I wasn’t getting any younger, and the effects of being a long term smoker were starting to settle in a bit.”
Then he separated from his partner, and one big life change prompted another. “It was an opportunity to review what I was doing and how I was going. I wanted to get rid of my bad habits and replace them with good habits.
“I used to drink a lot of soft drinks and energy drinks as well, so I decided to attack them all at once in an effort to improve myself.”
Smoking had been deeply embedded in his daily routine, and changing up those habits proved to be the biggest challenge.
“I was used to having a coffee and a cigarette, or having a cigarette after a meal,” he says. “When my friends would come over, we’d usually go into my garage and have a yarn and chain smoke. Or when I was bored or needed to kill time, I’d normally have a smoke, so it was a matter of finding other things to do in those moments.”