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Johnna's Story

April 28, 2017

If I carried on smoking I was killing myself, I know I was, I could feel it in my lungs.

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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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Levi's Story

April 21, 2017

I’ve got two kids and I go to the park and I can’t, I can’t breathe, I can’t run after them or I’m that mum at the park having a smoke and like, trying to hide…

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May 9, 2018

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

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Rebecca's Story

January 20, 2016

I would smoke more to not be depressed, and then be more depressed because I was smoking. And that was just a vicious, vicious cycle.

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Tracie's Story

October 2, 2016

I have a mental illness. I have bipolar and I’m a mum and a grandma, and I’m a reformed smoker.

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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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Phil's Story

January 4, 2014

I gave up smoking in about 1993. When I had my last cigarette I know it was the last and I have never smoked since.

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Charlie's Story

March 31, 2017

This is probably the only time that I’ve really tried quitting, probably a year ago when I hit 40.

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Chris' Story

March 17, 2017

My parents were smokers, and my father’s parents were smokers, so it sort of it gets sort of handed down through generations, so if you can break that cycle…

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Karen's Story

March 24, 2017

I know now, like it’s taken a long time, that I can’t be that person that has one cigarette here and there because I’ll just go straight back to it and I refuse to be that person anymore.

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Cheryl's Story

March 3, 2017

It’s breaking that habit of the first thing that you do when you get up in the morning is have a cup of tea and then you go and have your cigarette with your cup of tea.

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