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“It’s tough. It’s challenging. It’s a struggle. But at the end of the day, it’s possible. Do not give up until you’re done.”
- Antonio S., Smoked for 18 years, Smoke-free for ~1 year
“The hard part doesn’t last forever. And once you make it through that first week, it gets easier. You’re so much better for it.”
- Jessica H., Smoked for 10 years, Smoke-free for 3 years
“You can do it! Don’t give up! There’s hope, but it’s going to be a fight, a fight that you are going to win at the end.”
- Brigette B., Smoked for 10 years, Smoke-free for 1 year
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Antonio S.
Antonio S., Smoke-free for ~1 year
“When I was quitting, I had to kind of allow myself some quitting room and say, ‘Hey, I’m only going to smoke this amount of cigarettes this day.’ Once I hit that number, I was done for the day. Then in the next week, I smoked less, and then, I just got to the point where I just didn’t need it anymore. Now when I’m around cigarette smoke, I can’t even deal with it and I look back and think ‘I used to be that guy who smoked a pack of cigarettes a day’.”
- Antonio S., Smoked for 18 years, Smoke-free for ~1 year
Neal S.
Neal S., Smoke-free for 1 year
“Quitting was kind of tough. Sometimes I felt like I was rolling a big stone up a hill. I felt apart from my friends because they still smoked. But there was a guy at work that was quitting at the same time and we checked in with each other. He would tell me ‘I’m still going strong’ and I told him ‘I’m still going strong.’
- Neal S., Smoked for 25 years, Smoke-free for 1 year
Jacquline K.
Jacquline K., Smoke-free for 18 months
“I’m a real big sticky note person. If you put a sticky note saying “No” in the car, in the bathroom, in your purse, everywhere you go, then when you’re going to buy something, you see the note and know ‘No, don’t do it.’”
- Jacquline K., Smoked for 22 years, Smoke-free for 18 months
Monica R.
Monica R., Smoke-free for 3 ½ years
“Remove yourself as much as possible from those environments. If you just quit smoking, do not go out partying or to a club or bar where everybody is going to be smoking, because it is like dangling a carrot right in front of you.”
- Monica R., Smoked for 35 years, Smoke-free for 3 ½ years
Neal S.
Neal S., Smoke-free for 1 year
“The cravings were just amazing. I thought maybe if I smoked a cigarette, it will make it better. But then, I caught myself. I told myself ‘No, that would make it worse. You would just kill all that time that you haven’t smoked.’ So it was like putting one more day between it and my new self.”
- Neal S., Smoked for 25 years, Smoke-free for 1 year
Kimberly W.
Kimberly W., Smoke-free for ~9 months
“Save the money you usually spend on cigarettes after a week or a month and buy yourself something that you really want. Do it in steps. After a week, congratulate yourself. After a month, congratulate yourself.”
- Kimberly W., Smoked for 10 years, Smoke-free for ~9 months
Phillep C.
Phillep C., Smoke-free for 2 years
“I found doing something I loved, like working on cars, took my mind off of wanting to smoke. I believe that’s what helped me.”
- Phillep C., Smoked for 10 years, Smoke-free for 2 years
Eva Y.
Eva Y., Smoke-free for 15 months
“If it gets tough, talk to somebody who’s been there. If you know someone who has quit, call them the moment you want a cigarette.”
- Eva Y., Smoked for 5 years, Smoke-free for 15 months
Jacquline K.
Jacquline K., Smoke-free for 18 months
“I chomped on ice”
- Jacquline K., Smoked for 22 years, Smoke-free for 18 months
Anita E.
Anita E., Smoke-free for 6 years
“For my sister-in-law, every time she got the urge to light a cigarette, she had carrots. She would keep a bag of carrots at work, she kept them with her all of the time. That worked for her, she just had carrots.”
- Anita E., Smoked for 25 years, Smoke-free for 6 years
Matthew T.
Matthew T., Smoke-free for 4 years
“When I got the urge, I would pop in a piece of chewing gum … or eat sunflower seeds … it gives you something to do.”
- Matthew T., Smoked for 10 years, Smoke-free for 4 years
Eva Y.
Eva Y., Smoke-free for 15 months
“If I had the urge, I ate licorice.”
- Eva Y., Smoked for 5 years, Smoke-free for 15 months
Rodrick B.
Rodrick B., Smoke-free for 6 months
“I have made a lot of bad choices but that one good choice I made by quitting is what has brought on a chain of blessings upon my life.”
- Rodrick B., Smoked for 6 years, Smoke-free for 6 months
Mark M.
Mark M., Cigar-free for 6 months
“I told my daughter I quit and she said ‘Thank you, Daddy’ and she’s 10, so she understood. That really made me tear up.”
- Mark M., Smoked cigars for 20 years, Cigar-free for 6 months
Brigette B.
Brigette B., Smoke-free for 1 year
“I’m a fighter and I haven’t given up. I thought there was no hope for me. I quit cigarettes and everything is a blessing for me right now … Life is beautiful without smoking.”
- Brigette B., Smoked for 10 years, Smoke-free for 1 year
Shelley C.
Shelley C., Smoke-free for 2 years
“The plan was to quit and that is what I did. The reason I quit was because of my children and my family. I tried quitting many times before, but if I was not completely in it, I would always go back to it … It was only me that could make it happen.”
- Shelley C., Smoked for 14 years, Smoke-free for 2 years