Bernice Evans, Vapers in Power Welsh Assembly Candidate for South Wales Central
“My name is Bernice Evans and I’m an ex smoker”. Sounds like a confession, doesn’t it? Do I feel like an ex-smoker? No, is the honest answer as I found a way to enjoy nicotine without the dangers of smoking and just don’t think of smoking any more to be honest. After five years, I have to actually remember what I was like as a smoker. I watched my mother slowly die over ten years and after two massive heart attacks, no quality of life and breathing difficulties from years from smoking. I told her on her death bed I’d be fine (even though I smoked) but I hoped I’d stop one day…
As a typical smoker for over 30 years, I really tried to stop. I used; patches, inhalers, chewing gum, abstinence, a book on how to stop (it worked for a while but I relapsed) plus hypnotherapy and even smoking cessation classes. My children asked me on many occasions to stop smoking too, I just couldn’t seem to give up. My blood pressure went sky high, I often cleared my throat prior to speaking, silly things I no longer need to do. I found a way out using vaping, I was lucky and I know so many other people that have stopped too.
In fact, after having several jobs and the most recent were working at both Probation and on Department of Pension’s contracts, I decided on a change of career a few years ago, ending up as a Human Resources Manager in a vaping business! That is how much I believe in vaping as a safer alternative to smoking. Hearing people’s stories about how they stopped smoking truly makes my day. It is now my hobby, I use social media to listen to other vapers, see what they use, tips and advice.
Science has progressed and the devices I used initially to stop, compared to what I use now are completely different. But that is what I think is great, the freedom of the market to advance. No control by politicians. Labour tried to add vaping into the Welsh Health Bill to practically kill it, luckily it failed but only by the skin of their teeth.
Their pension is invested in tobacco, did you know? I will let you draw your own conclusions from that point. I just want to ensure other smokers can find a way out as and when they are ready. If smoking is banned in outside places as well as public places, where will the control end?