Kendyl "Use the patch. Chew the gum. Just don’t stop trying."
Betty "Cigarettes aren’t controlling me anymore."
Robert "I started using the gum. That worked for me."
Mary "The cigarettes aren’t controlling me anymore. "
Ronaldo "Don’t wait until it’s too late to quit."
Kathleen "The money I saved by quitting smoking put me in the driver’s seat... of my brand new motorcycle."
Clare "My friends support made all the difference."
Dave "With help, I could quit on the first try. "
George "My counselor Trish, from the Quitline is a big reason for my success"
Representative Cory Atkins
"Since quitting, my life is better in 1,000 ways."
Year quit: 1980
At the age of 14, Representative Atkins began smoking socially. Her casual habit eventually became a three pack per day addiction. Over the years, she tried to stop every Monday for "hundreds of Mondays," she recalls. It was support through group counseling that helped her quit for good. Today, Representative Atkins says quitting gave her freedom and she feels like she can do anything.