Kendyl "Use the patch. Chew the gum. Just don’t stop trying."
Betty "Cigarettes aren’t controlling me anymore."
Dr. Miller "Quitting smoking is the single biggest thing a patient can do to improve their quality of life."
Debby "The patch worked for me."
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."
Michael "Don't give up giving up cigarettes."
Alex "Since I quit, everything is better."
Mike "Smoking had a big effect on my son. I didn't want to disappoint him."
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.