Real tips, tools, and stories to help when Quitting because of an Illness

Being diagnosed with an illness is an important reason to quit smoking. Below, you can read stories from others around the 802 who quit after being diagnosed with an illness, as well as tips that will help you on your path to a successful quit.

"I am 41 and my husband is 42. I started smoking at 15, he started smoking at 18. We had both tried to quit smoking a few times over the years, but didn't last long at all. In April of 2016 I went through a bout of bronchitis..."

NaomiWest Topsham

"I stopped smoking after 43 years. I was faced with emergency surgery 3 years ago for a shattered pelvis. My surgeon advise me that if I didn't quit he could not promise that the surgery would be a success. "


"I quit smoking for many reasons. One. My husband quit a year ago and months later found out he has liver disease. I noticed he would smoke every now and then because they were just sitting in the garage from me. I didn't want him smoking again."


"I started smoking at age 13 – it wasn’t until this winter at age 34 and 130 pounds I had my gallbladder out. While I was in the hospital an older very gray looking woman was admitted due to COPD and other smoking related illness. "


"Cigarettes have ruined my life."


"I started smoking at 11 years old, thinking I was cool for starting. I am now 27 years old and I have severe asthma and chronic bronchitis. The doctors say that I will have an oxygen tank by the time I am 30 years old... I wish I never started smoking. It was the worst thing that I could have ever done to myself."

ChristaEssex Junction

"My dad died from all smoking-related health issues. My mom is still alive, but has had open heart surgery due to her smoking. Unfortunately, I also have some smoking-related health issues: osteoporosis, polyps on my vocal chords, and COPD. This is my very first day and I feel really good and strong. I know I can do this. I know I deserve to do it."

CherylPost Mills

"At age 43, I suffered a brain aneurism directly related to smoking. At 44 years of age, I'm disabled and have limited use of my left side and work very hard every day to get my brain to reconnect to my left side... I feel better since quitting. I can feel my lungs healing and food tastes so good."


"My doctors told me I had to quit. I had a form of cancer and they told me they wouldn’t treat me unless I quit smoking. When your life is on the line, and you face the choice of ‘either quit or we won’t help save your life' – well, that’s a pretty strong motivator."

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