"I started smoking at about age 11 out of sheer peer pressure. It was something everybody did. When I tried to quit, I found it was extremely difficult. I started researching and tried every known method on the market at the time, many times over. Finally my motivation was clear, I had to quit for my kids' sake.

I've been a smoke-free champion for 17 years. After 6 months of being smoke-free I realised I didn't have any more bad acne or oily hair. I had no idea my smoking had caused that.

Words of wisdom for others wanting to quit…

  1. Don't give up giving up.
  2. Don't crucify yourself if you have a relapse.
  3. Do your homework and make a quitting plan."

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Doreen's Story

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.

Dorothy's Story

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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Kay's Story

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

Fixing a habit

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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