"He said, 'You're still smoking with athletes in your house?'"
"Instead of the doctor telling me how bad it was for my health, he told me how bad it was for the health of my sons who were around me all the time. I told him at the time that one was pitching for a high school baseball team and the other was running cross-country track for college. He said, 'You're still smoking with athletes in your house?' ... I quit cold turkey and have been smokeless for over eleven years." — Rich L.
"When my wife accepted my proposal I asked her what she wanted as a gift..."
"I smoked Lucky Strike for 39 years. When my wife accepted my proposal of marriage, I asked her what she wanted as a gift. She said, 'quit smoking.' (I was hoping she wanted a car or house.) ... Six-and-a-half years later I am still smoke-free." — Ralph
"I was tired of feeling poorly every day. I had no energy and I needed to rest a lot."
"I quit because I was tired of feeling poorly every day. I had no energy, and I needed to rest a lot. I was a couch potato. In the past I tried many times using a variety of methods to quit such as cold turkey, the patch, and Zyban. I failed every time. What I attribute to my success so far this time is how good I'm feeling. Initially when I quit, I gained a few pounds, but now I'm losing weight because I'm much more active than before. I have a lot more energy and this time I really feel like I can do it for the long term. To quit initially, I stopped smoking and used Nicoret gum for 2 weeks and then stopped the gum as well. But the bottom line is that you really have to WANT to quit. I really enjoyed smoking, but now that I quit, everything about my life has improved. Here's a short list:
- Food tastes better
- I have more energy
- I'm loosing weight
- I'm getting in shape
- I don't smell bad
- My house and car doesn't smell bad
- I'm saving $1440 annually
- I have better concentration and can think more clearly
- I have a more positive outlook on life
— Andy C.
"...one of us would place a picture of us in the cellophane where she could see it."
"My mom was a smoker for 25 years. My sister and I worked hard at getting her to stop. Every time she bought a pack of cigarettes, one of us would place a picture of us in the cellophane where she could see it. Every time she picked up the cigarettes she was given a reminder of two real good reasons to stop." — Nicolle D.
"I ran out of good reasons to continue."
"Like many other people, I had made several 'attempts' to quit. I tried most of the gimmicks, gums, just about everything but 'the patch.' What finally happened was that I weighed the reasons that I smoked against the reasons that I shouldn't. I ran out of reasons to continue. I hated the way things (mostly myself) smelled and I watched other people smoking. I saw just how bad it looked." — V.N.