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Tony's Story

October 19, 2022

Tony had been smoking for 35 years when he was diagnosed with a tumour in his lower jaw. The surgeon told him he needed to operate immediately to save his jaw bone.

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Dorothy's Story

November 12, 2021

What put me off the smoking... I looked after my brother, he had lung cancer and he had half his lung taken off. I cared for him for 8 years.

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Doreen's Story

November 12, 2021

I guess I’d just like to say that it definitely wasn’t an easy thing to do, I made several attempts and it's all about getting the nicotine out of your body so if people can work through that, also the knowledge from the health information on what damage it does.

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Kay's Story

October 1, 2021

I promised my Dad, and then he passed on, so I sort of made the commitment for him.

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Fixing a habit

July 3, 2020

Micky appeared in our 2017 From Every Quitter campaign and is back to reflect on the benefits he's experienced since quitting in the hope of inspiring others.

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Liz's Story

September 7, 2018

I gave up 7 years ago. One of my reasons was that I had a very bad dose of the flu and couldn't breathe.

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MORE true stories from WA smokers

July 24, 2018

Don't think it will happen to you? These WA locals have shared how smoking affected their health.

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Dee's Story

June 18, 2018

Every night I would need my Ventolin, wake up all night wheezing and finding it hard to breathe.

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5 quit stories from our Facebook friends

May 9, 2018

We put a call out for stories from WA locals who quit for their health.

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Sheree's Story

May 2, 2018

I started smoking when I was 12. My doctor told me that I had high cholesterol because of a genetic condition, and it was high enough that it could cause a stroke.

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John's Story

October 11, 2017

Because I love playing sport, people automatically think it's the reason I stopped smoking, but that wasn't it.

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Update from Levi

July 17, 2017

There are no rules saying how many times you must try to quit before you do for the last time.

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