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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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Not sure I'll ever be totally ready...but this is something I HAVE to do
I started smoking when I was 14 and now, 38 years later I know I have to quit. At the moment, no signs of health issues, other than...
I started smoking when I was 14 and now, 38 years later I know I have to quit. At the moment, no signs of health issues, other than being inactive because I get short of breath just going up a flight of stairs! I just NEED to do this....I don't want to die too young....I want to be more active and enjoy my life....I don't want to be the one sneaking off on coffee breaks at conferences to go outside to smoke. I want to be the one that joins in and meets people at events! I have decided to use Champix and the nicotine spray (and maybe a patch if I need it) and have found myself a 'work buddy' to help me through those cravings and help me break the habit of 'going for a smoke' and I have other support at home too. I have tried several times over the years to quit, and once, made it for 10 months....this time will be for good. I have a great doctor who is going to meet with me every couple of weeks to check in and I'm not just going to 'give up' if I happen to slip up! I have two grown boys that I want to spend lots more time with and good friends and a good productive life ahead of me...I want to have money to travel, lungs to sing and a mind clear of the hold of cigarettes. Thanks for sharing all your stories, they are good to hear.
Submitted by Gail L
Quitting during COVID
Is it a good idea to quit smoking or vaping during the COVID-19 pandemic?