We asked a few of our TKO Teammates, who have smoked and quit, to share their stories in the hopes that it might help those on our team that smoke to take the plunge to becoming tobacco free!

 

Becky Maners

How long did you smoke? “Since I was 16-years-old.”

How much did you smoke, one pack a day? More? Less? “One half to a pack a day.”

When did you quit smoking? “3 years ago.”

What brought you to the decision to quit smoking? “It was getting harder to breath. My dad also was on oxygen. He had Emphysema.”

What smoking cessation aides did you use?I started vaping, cut my nicotine down as I was vaping, until I stopped using that method (vaping) also. It’s been 1 year with nothing.”

What’s the best part about being a non-smoker? “Not going out in the cold to smoke, the smell, and the cost.”

What advice would you offer someone attempting to quit? “I started with 2 other people at work. Try the buddy system. With our team, 2 quit and 1 didn’t make it.”

What else would you like to share? “Keep trying until you find what works for you.”

 

 Tenneva McKnight

How long did you smoke? “On and off for 15 years (I quit once during that time for a couple of years and started back up).”

How much did you smoke, one pack a day? More? Less? “2 to 3 packs a week.”

When did you quit smoking? “February 2009.”

What brought you to the decision to quit smoking?I quit to be a good example for my son Charles. He was at the age where peer pressure was becoming an influence on him and I wanted to be able to tell him smoking wasn’t good for him. I couldn’t tell him not to smoke if I was smoking.”

What smoking cessation aides did you use? “I quit “cold turkey”. I enlisted the support of my friends, family, and co-workers too, they really held me accountable.”

What’s the best part about being a non-smoker? “The money I’ve saved! I’m not sick as often.”

What advice would you offer someone attempting to quit? “Tell your friends, family, and co-workers that you are quitting and ask them to hold you accountable. Find YOUR reasons why. Look into all the traditional and non-traditional aides (patch, gum, hypnosis…).”

What else would you like to share?Sometimes it takes a couple of times for quitting smoking to stick. Don’t give up. You didn’t develop the addiction overnight and you won’t kick it overnight either, just keep at it.”

 

Sarah Wilson

How long did you smoke? “Approximately 13-14 years”

How much did you smoke, one pack a day? More? Less? “A pack, sometimes more.”

When did you quit smoking? “Approximately 3 years ago.”

What brought you to the decision to quit smoking? “Many things, ultimately it was a promise to my son.”

What smoking cessation aides did you use? “Nicotine patch and E cigarette.”

What’s the best part about being a non-smoker? “I can breathe! I don’t smell like an ashtray!”

What advice would you offer someone attempting to quit? “You can do it! I wouldn’t recommend cold turkey. The use of an aide, such as the nicotine patch really helped me.”

 

Holly Cassaday

How long did you smoke? “On and off for nine years.”

How much did you smoke, one pack a day? More? Less? “Less than one pack a day.”

When did you quit smoking?The first time I quit was when I found out I was pregnant with my first child. I quit until he was two-years-old. I begin working at a bar and started smoking again. I quit again when I learned I was pregnant with my second child, my son Robert. It’s now been more than a year.”

What brought you to the decision to quit smoking? “I would do anything to ensure my children’s lives and health aren’t endangered by my actions. Smoking had to go!”

What smoking cessation aides did you use? “I quit cold turkey.”

What’s the best part about being a non-smoker?

1.How much money I save not smoking.”
2. “The smell! I never realized how badly smoke smells until I quit.”
3. “The way I feel. I feel healthier and breathe easier.”

What advice would you offer someone attempting to quit? “The first few weeks are the hardest, hang in there. You have to quit for you, not anyone else or you won’t follow through with it. I tried numerous times to quit because others wanted me to and I ended up just hiding to smoke.”

Is It Your Turn to Quit?  

Is it time? Are you sick and tired of being sick and tired from smoking? If so, heed the advice of our teammates. Use smoking cessation aides, enlist your friends and family to help you, and think about the rewards–better health, saving money, and not smelling like an ashtray. Is it time to stop excusing yourself from what you know you need to do? Is it Time to Quit Tobacco?