Jaylene
Princess XXVII,Golden Eagle IV
Greater Vancouver Native Cultural Society

I started smoking around the same time as I came out in the gay community. I basically did anything my friends at the time did, including drinking, drug use and smoking. At that time everything was very overwhelming and the last thing on my mind was living a health-conscious lifestyle!

It was shortly thereafter that I realized I suffered from the disease of addiction. I spent several years abusing drugs and alcohol, but finally came to a point when I realized that I couldn't carry on with the lifestyle I was living if I wanted to live at all!  Because I had reached a point of desperation in which the pain out weighed the gratifications, I was able to make some life changing decisions that have molded who I am today–clean, sober and smoke-free. 

Progression is in the forefront of my mind. As long as I continue striving to be the best person I can be, I'll continue to grow and learn and in turn be able to contribute my experience for those who need someone to relate to.  Stopping smoking isn't easy. It's just as hard, if not harder, than stopping drug and alcohol use. But, I'm here to say that it's possible to achieve anything you truly want. Talk to people who've stopped smoking and find out how they did it.

Ask yourself why you want to quit. Whatever your reason, you'll be glad you did. Be proud. We're all worth it!

 


Stephen W.

Believing in myself was a process of understanding that I’m bigger than this monster that resides inside me.


Mark W.

Reducing the amount I smoke is a more feasible a starting point for me than quitting altogether.


Mandy & Leigh

Leigh quit smoking when she had the stroke, so I know she can do it. When the cost was too high, she quit.


TroyJackson, Singer

I started smoking socially because I had a lot of leftover social anxiety from years of denying the fact that I was gay.


Gina G.

Now being healthy is all about breath. I've been practicing yoga for many years now and it really makes a difference in my life.

 


Sandra L.

For First Nations people, tobacco is sacred and shouldn't be abused by us.


Jonathan C., the Artist

It’s great when you suddenly realize that you’ve always had the power to change your life in anything you strive to do.


Jaylene
Princess XXVII,Golden Eagle IV
Greater Vancouver Native Cultural Society

Because I had reached a point of desperation in which the pain out weighed the gratifications, I was able to make some life changing decisions that have molded who I am today–clean, sober and smoke-free.


Avel J.

Smoking isn't as cool as it used to be. It's kind of dirty and anti-social.


Berend M.

Smoking is so taboo now. It seems like a strange time to be picking up smoking again, almost surreal, like it's not me. I feel so disappointed in myself. It felt like I was a little kid again, keeping a nasty secret.

 

 
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