Kendyl "Use the patch. Chew the gum. Just don’t stop trying."
Dr. Miller "Quitting smoking is the single biggest thing a patient can do to improve their quality of life."
Steve "I went to a cessation class. Peer group support was my success."
Mary "The cigarettes aren’t controlling me anymore. "
Jessica "I was a follower, now I am a leader."
Mike "Smoking had a big effect on my son. I didn't want to disappoint him."
Bonnie "When I quit smoking, my daughter's ashma went away."
Ed "Believe that you can do it."
Jim "A cigarette is not controlling my ability to do things."
"My friends support made all the difference."
Year quit: 1997
As the former Mayor of Northampton, Clare is a both a positive and public role model for others to quit. Clare was sick and tired of feeling sick and felt like smoking was “throwing boulders in the way” of taking care of her health. Once Clare was determined to quit, she quit for good. To help prepare, Clare began to limit when and where she could smoke. She then used the patch for a couple of weeks after her quit date.