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Quit Smoking Success Stories

People who have successfully quit tell their stories, including the ups and downs of the journey. We hope their experiences will help you on your quit journey.

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My story
It’s a long story but with a happy ending. I tried my first cigarette at 11. Both my parents smokes and allowed me to do so. By age...
It’s a long story but with a happy ending. I tried my first cigarette at 11. Both my parents smokes and allowed me to do so. By age 14 I was a regular smoker. In my late teens and early 20,s I’d sometimes be up to 2-3 packs a day. I never met my grandmother as she died of lung cancer at 42 years of age. She was a social smoker only but it’s all the same. I vaguely remember my grandfather. He was a heavy smoker and died also of lung cancer when I was 8. In 2008 my father was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer and he died a year later at the age of 60. My mother died a few months ago at the age of 67 from endometrial/bladder cancer. Watching my parents suffer was terrible. The worse thing I have ever experienced in my life. The memories are forever burned in my soul and I will never forget the pain and agony they lived in their last days. I am now 41 and have no parents. I don’t want my son and husband to go through what I went through. I don’t want them to Suffer the heartache of watching me die from a smoking related illness that I could have prevented. I have made the choice to be a non smoker and am now heading into week 3. This is it for me. I am done. I will never have another cigarette again. It’s my promise to myself, my son, my husband, my bank account and to everyone in my life who cares for me. I am done!
Submitted by Frostty
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