Laura, Bennington

I am a nurse. I didn’t quit smoking when I was pregnant twice. Shame on me. I didn’t quit smoking when I watched my father die. I didn’t quit smoking when I was diagnosed with asthma. I didn’t quit smoking when my son was diagnosed with asthma. I didn’t quit smoking when I cared for patients with lung cancer and COPD. I did quit smoking the day after I turned 39 years-old. I don’t know why March 7th was the day. There was not one new reason, just 100 of the same old reasons. It just hit me, I needed to quit. I started Wellbutrin and nicotine gum and here I am. 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. I take it one day at a time and I hope I never start again.”