Real Stories - Family

"I was a smoker for 14 years and tried to quit seven times. I reached out to 802Quits and used the smoking cessation classes, in-person and online counseling, along with free gum and patches."

Kelly MiltonRead More

"I did not want to be "that mom" who was on oxygen at school events, and if I kept smoking I would not even be around for them as they grew up!!"

Sonya BoltonRead More

"I started smoking because my grandfather and uncle did. I looked up to them. Last year, my daughter looked at me and said, “When I get big, I want to smoke like you.” She’s only 3 years old. At first I laughed, but then I felt horrible. That’s why I quit."

Jeremy Randolph

"For me, it was my dad. He smoked for 30 years and quit. He just said to me, "If I can do it, so can you." Him believing in me made all the difference."

Jonathan Montpelier

"...To keep myself from smoking more, I try the vain approach and remind myself that if I like the way I look now, smoking will certainly not keep me looking that way."

Arielle Burlington Read More

"We took our grandson to a family function and I wasn’t out there five minutes trying to round up this active 5-year-old and I was winded to the point where I was sweating and my heart was racing. It was a scary wake-up call for me. I had a crippling addiction. I quit smoking eight months ago. And now it feels wonderful to have quit."

Sharon Saint Johnsbury

"I decided after a couple days of not smoking that I wasn't going to be another statistic of tobacco... Never again will I smoke tobacco. My life is so much better without it!"

Julia Shelburne Read More

"I had tried to quit many times; I think I actually lost track of how many times... It's been over a year, but the interesting thing is I can't really imagine going back to smoking now. As far as I'm concerned, I'm done smoking."

Heather Montpelier Read More

"My dad was a WWII 'Lucky Strike Soldier.'... He smoked two packs a day until he was 60, when his nephew and namesake, also a smoker, died of cancer. My dad died of lung cancer at 70. He quit too late."

Tim Charlotte Read More

"My son is my motivation. He goes around saying 'Guess what? My dad doesn't smoke anymore!' If you really want to do it, you can do it."

Anthony Brattleboro Read More

"On average, I smoked at least a pack and a half a day... My father made a deal with me in the beginning of 2003 that I couldn't quit smoking by August 1st. If I did he would buy me a new car before I headed off to college. I called 1-800-QUIT-NOW and decided to take part in the counseling sessions over the phone... There are still days where I think 'Man, I could go for a cigarette,' but I know what I went through to stop and I have gained too much to turn back!"

Jessica Burlington Read More

"I don't want my three daughters, husband or two grandchildren to have to go through watching me die of a horrible disease, in a horrible way! Thirty days without a cigarette, and many more days of living ahead! I couldn't be happier. :)"

Janet VergennesRead More

"The first three days were the most difficult! I used to smoke two packs a day and would wake up in the middle of the night to smoke and now I don't. Those first three days were the worst. If I can get through three bad days, anyone can."

Laura BenningtonRead More
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