Mark W.

My desire to quit is #1. You need desire to successfully quit.

Even though my smokers’ cough is pretty awful, it hasn’t affected my health that I’m aware of, so my motivation to quit lies in more trivial things like smelling bad and pre-mature aging. I also don’t like coming home and having my clothes smell like cigarette smoke.

It’s interesting that the campaign is called the “Tobacco Reduction Campaign.” Reducing the amount I smoke is a more feasible a starting point for me than quitting altogether.

I like to think there can be several steps to quitting. For example, only smoking when you go out to clubs is a start. If I can cut down to just smoking in a social atmosphere, it’ll cut my smoking by 50%. That would be a huge step to eventually quitting altogether.

So far I’ve successfully started my ‘no smoking in the apartment’ or ‘in my new car’ rule. The next step will be to limit the number of cigarettes I have per day altogether.

Let’s all take steps towards our ultimate goal.



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.

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.


home | quit smoking stories | take the challenge | online survey | community challenge partners
proud to quit ads | media room | contact us