Category Archives: Quit Smoking Stories

Women Celebrating Smoke Free Lives

Smoke Free Women is an organization serving as a resource for women who are looking to quit smoking, as well as acting as a support system for women who have already quit.

Approximately one in five American women is a smoker. Almost 80% of them have a desire to quit.

Created by the Tobacco Control Research Branch of the National Cancer Institute, Smoke Free Women offers women and their friends and family help on achieving this goal.

Smoke Free Women: Help Quitting

Stubbed out CigaretteThe Smoke Free Women website offers many different quit-smoking resources, including:

  • an online cessation guide designed by health professionals and ex-smokers;
  • information database on various smoking related issues and quitting topics, such as the benefits of quitting, depression, pregnancy and smoking, second hand smoke, stress and weight concerns, and withdrawal symptoms;
  • various quizzes to help gauge mental status and interpersonal relationships;
  • information for numerous quit lines featuring health councilors and web resources; and
  • a publications library of information on quitting, pregnancy and smoking, smoking later in life, and more.

Celebrating Smoke Free Voices

To celebrate the one year anniversary of the creation of the Smoke Free Women website, the organization established a video contest. This inspiring contest was to provide a platform for people to creatively express themselves in self-made videos that were entered in one of two categories.

The first category was open for videos focusing on the topic “Why I am a smoke free women.” Entrants were encouraged to enter videos that explained why they stay smoke free, their reasons for quitting, and what it means to be a smoke free woman.

Video Winner: Why I am a Smoke Free Woman

The second category was the topic “Why I want YOU to be smoke free,” giving friends or relatives of smokers an opportunity to share why they wanted a loved one to be smoke free.

Video Winner: Why I Want You to be Smoke Free

Smoke Free Women has helped women from across the country with their smoking cessation needs, and the videos of success from these women are truly inspirational.

Reference:  Smoke Free Women [http://women.smokefree.gov]

Not Stopping Smoking, So What’s Your Excuse?

A smoker can have all the reason in the world to quit, but still be able to come up with an excuse not to.

There are many excuses smokers hang on to in order to avoid smoking cessation.

Some of the reasons smokers use include fear of physical, emotional, and interpersonal stress.

But excuses are not reasons.

Common Excuses For Not Quitting Smoking

I don’t want to get fat.

Some people may gain weight after quitting smoking, but once cigarettes are no longer an unhealthy lifestyle habit, new habits can be adopted—like healthy eating and regular exercise.

Some people are just smokers, and I’m one of them.

It doesn’t matter how long you’ve smoked or how old you are, you can be someone else other than a smoker.

Your body will undergo significant transformations as well: after 24 hours of being smoke free, the carbon dioxide levels in the body will disappear, and after one year the risk of heart attack will be cut in half.

I smoke when I’m out with my friends.

It can be intimidating to change one’s lifestyle, but finding a quit-buddy will help with motivation and temptation while encouraging a different social atmosphere.

I’m way too stressed.

Stress is a normal part of everyone’s life and there are other ways to deal with it other than with cigarettes.

My grandparents smoked until they were 90.

This is nothing more than a random example of luck. Besides, it’s not just the length of one’s life, but the quality.

I don’t smoke very much anyway!

Every cigarette smoked, whether it’s one a day or fifty a day, has the same chemical composition and the same negative health consequences attached to it.

I smoke ‘Light’ cigarettes, so it’s okay.

Light cigarettes are still dangerous, and maybe even more so in some cases because of additional additives. The label should never be used to justify smoking.

It’s way too hard.

Yes, it is, and no one who’s done it would disagree. But quitting is not impossible.

There are many more excuses smokers use to justify why they haven’t quit or haven’t tried to. But always remember that an excuse is never a reason.

Watch This Powerful Video: Anti-Smoking Excuses Campaign

The Easy Quit System: Kick Your Smoking Habit for Good

There are so many methods for quitting smoking that the advertisers claim will work.

There’s the patch, the pills, the gums, the smokeless cigarettes, and the list goes on.

But if you’ve tried all of those and are still a smoker you may wonder what’s left, is there anything?

Tapping into Powerful Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to Quit Smoking

Crushing the PackageThere are more options to quit smoking than the list above.

If you’ve tried and failed with other methods maybe it’s time to get to the root of the problem with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy or CBT.

CBT started in the 1960’s and is a therapy that enables the client to discover incorrect thoughts and perceptions that may be causing undesirable behaviors, such as smoking.

The process that causes behaviors starts with the stimuli, is interpreted with the thought and results in an emotion which leads to a behavior. When you change the middle step of the thought, the resulting emotion and hence behavior automatically change.

The Easy Quit System utilizes CBT to help smokers quit once and for all.

Peter Howell creator of the system promises to help you stop smoking by ending your desire to smoke. This program doesn’t just address the physical addiction of smoking it goes straight to the reasons you smoke in the first place.

Learn more about > The Easy Quit Stop Smoking System

Say Goodbye to Smoking Misconceptions that Keep You Hooked

Easy Quit System TestimonialIn the Easy Quit System Howell explains misconceptions about smoking including its addictiveness, the mistaken belief it’s a ‘habit’, and the number one reason why smokers never quit and how to overcome it.

In 30 chapters and less than 100 pages Howell uses CBT to change the way the reader thinks about smoking and why they do it. Howell tells you exactly how to quit smoking in this book by helping you to change your thoughts with facts.

If you aren’t satisfied with his program you have eight weeks to get a full refund of your money ($47).

This is a downloadable book (estimated 5 minutes) and can be read in its entirety in as little as three hours.

96% Reported Success Rate and a Money Back Guarantee

There are many clients who have responded with success stories from using this program when all other programs failed.

The success rate is stated by Howell as being 96% when using The Easy Quit System.

Many users of the program have reported quitting for good in as little as one weeks time without cravings or weight gain so common with other programs.

To learn more, visit  > The Easy Quit System

We Quit Smoking for Love. We Both Succeeded.

I want a cigarette so bad.

Yesterday, we fought with tech support of our Internet service provider…for hours. They kept putting us on hold, handing us to different departments, saying one thing, then contradicting themselves. Seems the corporate behemoth would see fit to train their support personnel.

Now, today, the stress is catching up with me. I haven’t yearned for a cigarette like this in years. Years!

My wife and I quit smoking 8 or 9 years ago. We kept track of the date for some time. After a while, it didn’t matter. What mattered was we actually did quit. For good.

We Quit for Good

Not one cigarette since. Not when we were stressed. Not with morning coffee. Not when inadvertently inhaling the allure and promise of second hand smoke. Not when a friend across the table lit up; not even when the friend gestured to help ourselves to the pack.

Our minds’, “One won’t matter. I quit once, I can do it again anytime I want” justification never did get the best of us.

Quitting smoking was the hardest thing I ever did.

Mary and Will Bontrager Choose HealthOh, I had quit before. Many times. Before I met Mari.

Most quitting lasted just long enough to reason with myself that I was young and I had plenty of time to quit. I really didn’t need to do it now. Why not enjoy myself? I could quit later!

I even quit for a month and a half, once.

That was broken one evening when I went to a bar and proceeded to get slightly drunk. A friend was with me. He smoked.

Like an everlasting fool, I asked him for a cigarette. He asked me if I was sure. “Sure I’m sure,” I said. “I’m no longer a smoker. I’ll prove to you I can smoke one cigarette and never smoke again.”

He said, “No, you can’t. If you really want a cigarette, I’ll give it to you. But I tell you now, you will become a smoker again.”

He was right.

This Time the Love was Real

Eleven years ago, I met my wife, Mari. There were times before when I thought I was in love. But this was real.

We both smoked.

One day, we talked about the future. The subject of health came up. We decided to quit so we could be together longer.

When I quit for myself, I always failed. The first time I quit for love, I succeeded. We both succeeded.

Will Bontrager is owner and operator of the free numerology readings web site, AffinityNumerology.com.

Lauren Terrazzano, 39, Wrote About Having Cancer

Garden City, N.Y.- Lauren Terrazzano, a Newsday reporter who chronicled her three-year bout with lung cancer, has died. She was only 39.

Terrazzano died Tuesday night at Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in Manhattan.

Newsday staffers learned of her death Wednesday in a letter from editor John Mancini.

“She was well-loved by her many friends and colleagues in the newsroom and a formidable presence in the lives of the people in the communities she covered,” Mancini said.

Described by colleagues as a tenacious, hard-nosed street reporter, Terrazzano covered a variety of beats, most recently as a child welfare/social services reporter. She began writing the column, “Life, With Cancer,” in October 2006.

She wrote about the inappropriate things people say to cancer patients because they don’t know what else to say, and about breaking the myth that people with cancer are heroes “when really we’re just like everyone else.”

“My goal was to tackle the taboo subjects of the disease that the mainstream media often fails to do,” she told the Associated Press. “We so often cover the news aspects of cancer: the scientific breakthrough or even the sob story, yet there are so many other avenues that go unexplored.”

Terrazzano had smoked off-and-on for about five years before her September 2004 cancer diagnosis, rarely enough that she said her oncologists considered her a nonsmoker.

About 20 percent of women diagnosed with lung cancer are not smokers but are exposed to secondhand smoke within their communities.

Terrazzano’s column won praise from other cancer patients as well as professional honors.

She won the top prize in the science/health reporting category of a contest run by the Silurians, the oldest press club in the United States.

“Lauren did not go quietly,” Mancini said.

Source: wire reports