Robert "I started using the gum. That worked for me."
Steve "I went to a cessation class. Peer group support was my success."
Kathleen "The money I saved by quitting smoking put me in the driver’s seat... of my brand new motorcycle."
Frank "If you have a plan, that is what is important. "
Joanne "I am healthier now that I have quit. "
Mike "Smoking had a big effect on my son. I didn't want to disappoint him."
Jim "A cigarette is not controlling my ability to do things."
Anika "I promised my dad on his deathbed that I would quit. It took me 13 years, but I did it. "
Representative Cory Atkins "Since quitting, my life is better in 1,000 ways."
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.