You can read personal success stories below or see what advice they have for other people who are trying to quit in our videos.
Philip was 14 when he started smoking, and has smoked for the last 50 years. Philip has now given up smoking for good, with the support of the Wakefield team from Yorkshire Smokefree.
John from Wakefield was only 15 when he started smoking, with all his friends smoking too- you weren’t part of the gang unless you smoked. It didn’t help coming home to a family that smoked too. After many years of keeping up with the habit, it became too expensive to keep up with.
Mandy from Wakefield started smoking at 13 years old after giving in to the peer pressure from her friends. Since everyone smoked, it seemed like the cool thing to do. However, after many years of being addicted to smoking, it was most definitely the wrong thing to do.
Samantha was just 15 years old when she started smoking, and over the years she steadily smoked more and more, leading to a 30-a-day habit. She sought the help of Yorkshire Smokefree in Wakefield as she desperately wanted to quit. Here's her story...
B recently sought the help of our Wakefield Stop Smoking Team following a hospital visit. The doctor at the hospital was concerned about her levels of breathlessness and suggested that smoking was damaging her health.
Hannah, who works at Pinderfields Hospital has recently found a new lease of life and a breathe easy future with the support of her Yorkshire Smokefree advisor, Helen. Great work for Stoptober!
Knowing exactly why you smoke is extremely beneficial to be able to tackle any triggers, which is what 20-year-old Lewis found when he came to Yorkshire Smokefree. After a great amount of dedication, Lewis is now smoke-free and can lead a healthier lifestyle for himself, his partner and his son, which was his key motivation to quitting for good.
Recent health issues made Samantha suddenly realise she had been smoking for over half her life. Palpitations and shortness of breath were the final straw and that's when she sought our help. We asked her a few questions about her quit experience and here's what she told us...
Meet Daniel, shown in the photo at the Health pod promotion in Trinity Walk. He was well known to the Health Team as he has now lost 12 stones in weight and had been doing gym training for 2 years too.
Carole Lee came to Yorkshire Smokefree Rotherham for support and encouragement to kick the habit. She was aware of the health problems linked to smoking and wanted to stop before it was too late.
John had been smoking for 10 years. To protect the health of his children and grandchildren, he’d already made his own personal smoke-free areas by banning himself from smoking inside his house or in his car.
Ann had reached a point in her life where she knew she had been smoking too many cigarettes for too long. She saw that she could no longer walk up stairs without getting out of breath or walking a short distance, and didn’t want to feel like she was limiting her own life. Recently she began to suffer from chest pains which made her want to cut out cigarettes for good.
When Charlotte decided to quit smoking, she wanted to know that she wasn’t on her own. She joined Kirklees Smokefree’s evening support group at Dewsbury Health Centre so that she could go through her own quitting experience alongside other people in the same situation.
For the past few months, Clint has been suffering from COPD. After he realised he was restricted from activities that used to be part of his daily routine he decided it was time to make a change.
Maureen stepped into our Doncaster quit shop when she was in the town centre one afternoon and decided to see how Yorkshire Smokefree could help her. As a sufferer of COPD, her doctors had been advising her to quit for a while.
Like most quitters, Margaret has had several unsuccessful attempts to stop smoking for good in the past. She decided that some extra support would give her a boost that she needed to keep going in the long term, and that’s when she came to Yorkshire Smokefree.
Our Wakefield team are very proud of quitter Susan who is a whopping 115 days smoke-free after trying to stay quit for good over the past few years. All that determination really paid off in the end!
Three sisters have made the decision to quit together after contracting a smoking related disease, which affects up to a quarter of all smokers. Christine, Shirley and Florence decided enough was enough after chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) left them with breathing difficulties and frequent chest infections.
For most of her life, 65 year old Kathleen smoked 20 roll-up cigarettes a day. Since she was diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, her whole family was worried about what continuing the habit would do to her health.
Graham was a heavy smoker for a big part of his life. For over a decade his GP has been advising him to cut the habit due to the health problems he has been living with. He’s now incredibly pleased to say that he is smoke-free for good!
It’s hard to believe that keen rambler Adele once had a 30 a day smoking habit and couldn’t even get through a visit to the supermarket without nipping out for a cigarette. This year marks 3 years of being smoke-free for her - an amazing achievement for the 31 year old!
One Rotherham quitter shows us that no matter what your situation is, stopping smoking can get you one step closer to better health. Well done on becoming smoke-free for 2015, Ellie*!
Margaret has proven that it is never too late to quit smoking by breaking the habit at 75 years old. After smoking throughout the majority of her life, Maragret made the decision to go smoke free for the sake of her health. She was hospitalised with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), a damaging illness that is more likely to occur in those that have been exposed to tobacco smoke for a long period of time.
The two sisters were inspired to attend our Calderdale stop smoking group sessions after their father was diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). The illness is more likely to affect those who smoke than non-smokers, but it can be caused by a genetic condition. Sarah and Julie both knew they were at risk to inherit COPD, and decided to quit together to keep their chances as low as possible.
18 year old Natasha decided to give up smoking after she found out she was pregnant with her first child. She has now been smoke-free for 9 months and now has a healthy 9 weeks old baby boy.
22 year old Jordan decided to give up smoking after finding out she was pregnant with her second child. With support from Yorkshire Smokefree she’s now been cigarette-free for 3 months and is enjoying hearing her baby is growing well.
When 23 year old Natasha became pregnant with her third child, she knew she had to quit smoking for the health of her baby. After getting expert help, she is now enjoying a smoke-free life with her two young children and newborn daughter.