Ida "I made a plan this time."
Dr. Miller "Quitting smoking is the single biggest thing a patient can do to improve their quality of life."
Robin "I couldn’t walk 2 feet without being out of breath."
Margaret "I’m tougher than cigarettes. "
Michael "Don't give up giving up cigarettes."
Clare "My friends support made all the difference."
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 Brian Ashe "It was one of the best things I did for myself."
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.