While no two quitting experiences are quite the same, it can be helpful to hear from other former tobacco users who successfully quit.
Name: Matthew Town: Larkspur Motivation: I was the only smoker left in my family still living. When I sat down with my wife, kids, brother and sister we listed everyone who had smoked and how they died. Quitting smoking became the most important thing in my life. Tactics: Set a quit date, cinnamon toothpicks, lozenges, cessation app on phone, support from daughter. Result: 80 days tobacco free, sleeping better, more energy, better mood
Name: Dave Town: Fort Morgan Motivation: My doctor told me I now have Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and that I'd better stop smoking right away. Tactics: Quit coach, replace smoking breaks with walks, mints, spent time on hobbies, avoided gatherings with other smokers. Result: Better breathing, non-stinky car, cleaner clothes, happier non-smokers around me
Name: Maria Town: Colorado Springs Motivation: My husband quit seven years earlier; I was determined to quit too. Tactics: Called Colorado QuitLine, found alternative methods of occupying hands, black licorice, kept busy at home, exercise classes. Result: Smoke-free home and car, more energy, extra money.
Name: Mike Town: Denver Motivation: I wanted a healthier life. I quit for six months but relapsed. I was determined to succeed. Tactics: Colorado QuitLine, persistence, riding bicycle every day, avoiding old smoking spots, cleaned room I smoked the most in, spent time in different places. Results: More energy, more exercise, healthier life.
Name: Ron Town: Denver Motivation: I promised my son I would quit. Tactics: Nicotine replacement therapy from doctor, faith, support from my family. Results: Breathing better at night, realized how bad cigarette smoke smells