Real Stories - Wellness

"Three years ago I started smoking again after being smoke-free for twenty years. I started again because the day after my father-in-law died my mother was taken to the ER for a critical health issue. "

Josie BurlingtonRead More

"I've been helping other people for years as a volunteer firefighter. It was time that I took care of myself and quit smoking. I was up to 2 packs of cigarettes a day. I called 802Quits for support and they helped me to come up with a plan."

Jeff MorrisvilleRead More

"I don’t feel like a slave anymore! I can breathe again. For me, using the Breathe Easy Guide and having support from my quit coaches helped me create a quit plan that worked for me. It was about breaking up my usual routine and avoiding certain situations that kept me smoking. "

Lori NorthfieldRead More

"I tried to quit smoking four times, but this is the first time it actually worked. I was a smoker for three years and knew it wasn’t good for me."

Erin BurlingtonRead More

"When I quit 17 years ago it wasn't the first time that I'd tried to quit but it was the last and final time. Just diagnosed with chronic bronchitis and early stage emphysema I knew that was my final warning. I realized how lucky I was that I wasn't being told I had lung cancer."

Nancy Essex JunctionRead More

"One day I saw this little old woman pulling an air tank behind her. And then – I'll never forget this – she pulls a cigarette out of her purse. She was barely strong enough to light it. That was it for me. I didn't want to be her in 20 or 30 years. When I got a craving, I thought of her and that got me through."

Sally Rutland

"...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

"The moment of truth came after I left college, and starting working. I would come home, sit in front of the TV and either smoke or dip... I decided to take up running as a way to get in shape and feel happier... Eventually, the smoking became an obstacle, so I gave it up... I realized that I could either be healthy or a smoker, not both."

Jeff 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

"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

"I quit two years ago, on the 'anniversary' of my divorce... . Then, last Thanksgiving, I slowly started up again... Then, just weeks ago, someone laid a newspaper open in front of me... I actually read it, and saw the phone number 1-877-YES-QUIT (937-7848). So, I called. I guess it's time. I know it's time. I am ready, ready just to say, 'No, I don't smoke'."

Liz Newport Read More

"I was up to three packs (cigarettes) per day in 1993 and decided to quit...and was smoke free until 2003, when I had some issues in my life. I started with one cigar on the golf course, and over the next three years the quantities grew to where I became a...(regular) cigar smoker by 2005."

Gerry Waitsfield 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

"I was about a pack-and-a-half a day smoker, so I knew it was going to be a challenge, but I just have to do it... It's been four days on the patch, and I still haven't taken one drag of a cigarette. Let me tell you, it is the hardest thing I've ever done in my entire life!!! Sooo worth it, though."

Crystal UnderhillRead More
Kristy's Tip
Ready, Set...STOP
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Thinking Like a Nonsmoker
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