You can read personal success stories below or see what advice they have for other people who are trying to quit in our videos.
Stanislav quit smoking with support from Calderdale Council’s Better Living team who work in partnership with Yorkshire Smokefree. Stanislav reports smoking for over 10 years and never imagined that he would be able to go 12 weeks without a cigarette even though he hated the smell and didn’t enjoy smoking.
A COPD diagnosis meant Kathleen was struggling to walk without being short of breath. Smoking was only adding to her problems so she took the brave decision to quit. Here's what she told us about her experience of Yorkshire Smokefree...
Chris from Calderdale was referred to Yorkshire Smokefree by his local hospital after having a stroke and a heart attack ten years ago. He desperately wanted to improve his health and ditch the cigs once and for all and managed to quit for good with our service and professional support from our team.
Kelly wanted to quit smoking for months. She told herself that after Christmas (2016) she would do something about it. Here's what she had to say about her experience with Yorkshire Smokefree.
Congratulation to Kathleen for quitting! Kathleen first decided to quit for health reasons, but gained a new found confidence in herself thanks to Yorkshire Smokefree’s Calderdale stop smoking team and the support from her group! We asked her to share her experience of the service and here’s what she had to tell us…
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.