Real-life quitters below share their stories about how they successfully quit smoking. We hope their experiences will help you on your quit journey. Consider sharing your own story.
I’m 30 years old and started smoking when I was 15. I started smoking for all the wrong reasons; I wanted to fit in, I wanted to rebel against my mom, and I used it to deal with my depression/anxiety. I recently got out of an abusive relationship and decided to finally quit. Around the same time Covid-19 was coming to Canada. I work at Costco and it was the hardest time of my life. I wanted to smoke so much every day! I was so stressed out and my depression was suffering. As well I had to deal with really stressed and sometimes rude/angry customers. The first month was a blur. It flew by but at the same time it was soo long! I can’t count the amount of times I sat in the lunchroom and cried. I cried because I was still fresh out of the abusive relationship, I cried because I had just quit smoking and I cried because I was still new on antidepressants. The worst part was that I had to explain that I wasn’t sick and I was just quitting smoking every time I coughed. I am finally 2 weeks away from 3months!! I’m so proud of myself! I’ve got my life on track, I’m dealing with my depression/anxiety, I don’t drink so much anymore and I don’t smoke weed anymore either. Now on to the hardest part which is getting more active!
Submitted by KaylaChristina from Nanaimo
I am 70. Smoked 55 years. Had a lung Xray. Suspicious results. Had a left lung biopsy. Patient must be awake during biopsy. They only froze skin nerves. Imagine an ice pick pushed through the skin, through the flesh and deep into your lung. Pain was unbelievable. Now next time you feel like smoking, remember this message. By the way, after all that pain, the biopsy was inconclusive. Possible lung inflammation from Ecigarettes. I have COPD to top it off.
Submitted by Help70
My name is Nancy, I started smoking when I was 15 years old. Of course like many others I never thought I was hooked and could quit anytime. In later years I knew I was hooked but could not get myself to quit on my own. I even had been told by my doctor that I have early stage COPD. I had a friend who was successful on Champix, so I thought id give it a try even though I thought it wouldn't work. Well to my surprise it did work and I had my last cigarette on December 6, 2019. Im so happy I gave it a try and im feeling so much better everyday ever since. Don't hesitate to try
Submitted by Nanners from Elkford
I smoked for 48 years. Hard to believe that I've been smoke free now for 38 days. Have to say it has not been easy. Felt out of it for the first three weeks. Extremely tired all of the time. Still fighting that demon, but every day is getting better. Walking lots- up to 10,000 steps a day. Plus take the stairs up four floors to my apartment. 38 days ago I would never have been able to do this. Celery is my new best friend! Actually food in general is pretty awesome. Will tackle weight gain if I feel it starts to be a problem. Still have cravings every day, and miss the whole process of having a cigarette, but when the cravings get bad, I take a deep breath and feel thankful I'm stronger than they are. I'm actually starting to feel like a non-smoker which is pretty terrific. Know I'll always need to be careful, but the struggle is definitely worth it.
Submitted by hobi from Kelowna
Had some cognitive problems took me ages to figure out i think its copd or lung related. Done some research and have all symptoms. Started to get worried now having heart shocks still addicted must quit today or i.could die.
Submitted by pennyst12 from Victoria
hi my name is Chris. i have smoked for over 38 years and now have quit tobacco for four months and a half. It had to be a medical or mental problem for me to quit. But with the help of patches and the quit now website and phone services, i wouldn't have made it. But it does take a lot of inner strength to challenge that demon on our shoulders. once we tame that one we will suffer, i know cause it worked for me.
Submitted by greatguy from victoria
I have smoked for 35 long years like everyone else I said I would quit when they reached "X" $ and never did. I've tried so many times to quit I've lost count. This last year I have had several medical issues. I had pneumonia last summer where I was told I was bordering COPD. I have osteoarthritis that is progressing and another disc bites the dust. I am told smoking makes your bones way worse. Degenerate quicker..and I have a very special grandson that is very sensitive to smoke. He was born with undeveloped lungs at 24wks gestational and he still has issues at 3yrs old. So I have the reasons I need to quit. I've had reasons before but never ones that stuck. I am 49 days quit now. Still have some incredibly difficult days but I fight it with everything I have and remember why....it cant just be the money. You have to WANT to. So many times I told myself I didnt want to so I started again. This time I yell at myself "I DONT WANT TO" and walk away. I think I have it this time. People may think I'm crazy because I argue with myself..yes..I answer back lol. But its what works!! Just DO What works. Who cares how it looks. I wish you all good luck in this journey because it is a long one! But well worth it!
Submitted by Smokeless in The Valley. from Maple Ridge.
Got a triple bypass on March 13, 2019 and was send home 6 days later. The first thing that was on my mind when I got home was to have nice fresh cup of coffee and a smoke. Having said that after the first night puff, a coughing fit occurred and made things for me very painful, feeling my chest and staples ready to pop open. It was easy to put that cigarette down while I was hugging my chest to keep everything in place. Addiction is not an easy monster to conquer but I will do it.....eventually.
Submitted by Brokenbutstillgood from Langley
I am a 30 y/o female who has been smoking since the age of 16. I also suffered to alcohol and drug addiction for 15 years before I decided to get help. I went to a recovery centre for 10 days and I am currently 5 months clean and sober. Unfortunately, my smoking habit got a lot worse. I decided to quit smoking recently because it was controlling my life, destroying my appearance and making me feel icky and ill. Quitting the cigs have been a lot harder for me than booze. I hope there comes a day where I don’t think about it. Patience and persistence I guess.
Submitted by Moanders from Vancouver
Ive quit for 4 months now . Yes Im proud of myself, so are my friends and family . I have a great support system in place . lately though starting back up is the first thing I think of when I wake up . will it ever end ? Im discouraged at times because I still dont have my sense of taste or smell back .How long does that take ? I guess I have a lot of crap still in my system .( 37 years worth) I know Im never going back but will I think about ( starting up again) it for the rest of my life ?
Submitted by Lana Wood
I used to steal smokes to my parents when I was 6 years old. My buddy and I would smoke them in our fort, pretty sure we did not inhale. Started smoking in grade 9 , 14 years old. I remember us saying we would quit if smoke ever got to a dollar a pack. I think we were paying about 75 cents a pack then. Smoked for 25 years and quit on new years eve 2000. My wife had quit a couple years earlier, we had tried many times to quit over the years and never succeeded. I had tied using the patch and ended up going cold turkey when I was finally successful . Both of my parents passed away to cancer in 2009 , they had smoked their whole lives. My wife of 30 years was diagnosed with lung cancer in 2010. She passed away in 2011. My girlfriend is a smoker and I started to light her smokes for her just so I could get in a puff. Didn't take long before I was asking for a puff. And not much longer before I was fully addicted again. I have tried to quit many times over the last few years. I did not want my kids to know that I had started smoking , they had a real hard time loosing their mom to cancer. My boss did not know I smoked. I hid to smoke , didn' t want people to know I was a smoker. I was ashamed of my addiction. I looked at it as a weakness. I tried using the gum, patches, mister and vapour unit. I was not able to quit using any of those methods. I finally quit on nov 10 of this past year cold turkey. it has been tough but so worth it. thanks to everyone on this site for their support and encouragement. thank you
Submitted by paddleboy
Hi Everyone. I have managed my quit since the 15th of this month 2018. I wanted to quit plus I couldn't breath properly before I quit. I have not coughed up much at all. I know I am going to join a gym when my holidays are over. I am happy to socialize without that nagging feeling that I need a smoke. I look forward to return home and be still tobacco free. I am using the patch by itself and it actually works when you are ready to quit, it takes the edge off. I realize now what I could of done years ago with quitting is to just say I have had enough of tobacco and all it's horrible addictive properties. Allan Carr was right, we just don't feed the little nicotine monster so the big nicotine monster does not keep us hooked. I have tried to quit 100s of times, this time I do not have any desire to smoke tobacco or any other tobacco product.I hope this reaches someones heart and mind so they too don't give up on themselves. Thank you and have a tobacco free time.
Submitted by greatguy
Hello everyone,this is my first attempt at quitting smoking in 37 years.I actually quit on June 26th 2018.7 days ago. I am so tired of smelling like an ashtray.Such a stink,dirty habit.Now I can smell better then ever,tastebuds came back stronger too.Looking forward to seeing how much money I save to not smoking close to 2 packs a day.Only had one craving 2nd day of quitting but distracted myself and the craving went away.I started out with the Nicorette gum but no longer feel the need to chew one.Good luck to all of those that are this path of cleaner living and healthier lungs....We got this.1 day at a time,stay strong. :)
Submitted by Melanie.V from Vancouver,B.C
Well this is my second time quitting smoking and I found it hard. Dealing with my childhood traumas is one of the hardest things a man can do. I recently got certified in LIFESKILLS COACH TRAINING. A very intense course, it started me smoking again. I'm dealing with my traumas and manage to put the smokes down again. I will continue to go forward without the smokes...
Submitted by Clarence George
I had just started a new job after not working for six months due to a back injury . The night before my second shift, I fell and fractured my foot and ankle . There went my job. I started to think about the cost of smoking , not just the money but health as well. Since I am not working I can't afford to smoke. So I am 20 days smoke free. I am using the patch and when cravings are strong , I use an inhaler. One cartridge lasts me three days so I am not too dependent on it. Still better than a cigarette !
Submitted by Bsl
After being smoke-free for three months, I started smoking again. My new quit date is May 3rd, 2018 and hope to succeed this time.
Submitted by Rocket48
I am 63 and have pretty much been smoking steady since I was about 15. I have quit a few times over the years, but the longest I was smoke-free was for 2 1/2 years. I started again after this about 5 years ago and quit again once for about a year. I have always loved smoking ever since I started but what I was really hating about my life was that I was so dependent on things around my smoking habit and I felt like a derelict everywhere I went as not nearly as many people smoke these days and you pretty much have to hide yourself away to do it. I know I am not getting any younger and if I don't do it now, well, who knows. So far I've been lucky and other than smoking I have looked after my health fairly well. At any rate, this time I really am doing it for myself, no one else. I think that is the key for me! And....I go minute by minute, day by day and if I really feel that I just want to run out the door to the gas station and buy cigarettes, I just say to myself... breathe, relax, do something else and then I forget. I have a drink of water, I chew my gum, I go for walks and I just keep as active as possible. Walking is something that I really enjoy so getting out there, breathing in the ocean air and getting the vitamin D is huge for me. Now I have passed the 28 day mark and am feeling much less anxious and depressed and am just looking forward to what lies ahead of me. Also, I just bought myself a few new clothes online that will come in the mail... like a present... one of these days. I rarely shop and I live on small island so that is a big treat for me! I know there will always be the urge to smoke especially during stressful times, but I feel confident that I can beat this. XXX'ing my fingers and taking a deep breath! Karen
Submitted by Karen3
i started smoking again after 2-4 years of not smoking. the reason why i started smoking because i was doing my life story in a course im taking. it allows me to deal with all my childhood traumas i expierenced when i was young. Now that Im dealing with my issues i can now put the smokes down once n for all...
Submitted by Clarence George
Hello everybody, I am sharing my story with you as per Quit Now's encouragement. I used to smoke 15 to 20 cigarettes per day for 34 years. I had to smoke but hated it most of the time for all the typical reasons. Attempted to quit many times in the past, but those attempts never lasted more than a couple of days each time. This time around I used Quit Now + Allen Carr's "The Easy Way to Stop Smoking" together. I found this book just 3 weeks before I quit. Worked for me perfectly this time. Have not had a smoke since January 1, 2018. Didn't even apply any patches at all which I did obtain to London Drugs just a week before my Quit Day. Cravings were only strong for the first few days. No desire to pick up another cigarette again for the rest of my life. Can't even stand the smell of cigarettes now when I walk past smokers. The Easy Way really worked for me. My lungs can finally take in the right amount of air they are supposed to when I go for my runs. No coughing at all during or after runs anymore. Feel great waking up in the mornings. Feel awesome to be a non-smoker: what a normal me should have been for the past 34 years had I not picked up that first cigarette when I was just 14. Thank you Quit Now, my Quit Coach Alexandra, and Allen Carr's amazing book.
Submitted by VAN D M
Well, it’s been 1 month for me and I’m so very proud of myself. I’m using the nicotine patch and occasionally I chew a lozenge. My biggest craving is with my 1st cup of coffee, so I find having a lozenge really helps. My next hurdle is mid-afternoon and again a lozenge. The benefits have far outweighed my cravings. I can take wonderful deep breaths, I can walk without my legs having pain and my cat and clothes smell so much better. After being a smoker for 58 years I am committed to never lighting up again. Next hurdle, 2 months. I can do it, I can do it, I’ve got this one!!!
Submitted by Keremeos Kiddo