Real Stories - Illness

"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..."

Naomi West TopshamRead More

"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. "

Kathy JamaicaRead More

"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."

Cindy OhioRead More

"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. "

Jax VermontRead More

"There is a stigma about smoking, that quitting is the hardest thing you will ever do. That almost kept me from trying to quit until I realized that NOT quitting was actually harder – when you look at what smoking leads to, it is way harder to keep smoking. I don’t like needles, I don’t like surgeries…but I do like my life and I want to live."

Guy Plainfield

"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."

Art Burlington

"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."

Dawn Wolcott Read More

"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."

Cheryl Post Mills Read More

"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."

Christa Essex Junction Read More

"Cigarettes have ruined my life."

Joe Burlington Read 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
Thinking Like a Nonsmoker