Tobacco smoking is the leading cause of preventable death and disease in North America. It causes harm to your body with the very first puff. The good news is, the sooner you quit, the sooner your body will start healing; Quitting smoking is the most important thing you can do for your health!
We also know that quitting smoking can be hard. Many people think about quitting smoking often and try quitting many times. When people do quit successfully there is often a key moment when they make the decision that “this is my quit moment.”
Below are true stories from local residents who had their “quit moment” and decided it was time to quit smoking. Please follow @MyQuitMoment on twitter for story highlights, to link to quit stories, and to access quit smoking support.
|Betty, Monkton, Age 64
"I knew if I kept smoking I wouldn't be around much longer".
|Allie, Stratford, Age 38
"I realized that smoking was taking over every part of my life."
|Jill, Bayfield, Age 63
"I was diagnosed with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease."
|Elizabeth, Stratford, Age 37
"I had kids with tears in their eyes begging me to quit so I don't die."
|Joanne, West Perth, Age 53
"The doctors and nurses did their best to keep me alive so it was the least I could do to help myself".
|Shar, Stratford, Age 46
"I had been starting to dislike everything about smoking: the smell, the taste and definitely the cost".
|Judy, Dashwood, Age 55
"I was diagnosed with polycystic kidney and liver disease. I knew I had to quit to be eligible to be listed for a multi-organ transplant."