Stephen W.

Until I quit in November 2004, I hadn’t yet realized my willingness to move on.
I’d started to feel like a crack addict, every day trying to scrape up enough cash to get my fix. I was a total junkie. I was at the mercy of its grip on me. Every day I asked myself , “Do I have enough to get through to the next morning?” Having enough was a gremlin that had to be fed constantly. I was completely addicted.

Quitting was a total act of freedom for me. I couldn’t have done it without the sense of a new inner light, a self-empowerment feeling I felt one day. That day I let go of the fear of letting go; the fear I wouldn’t have a constant companion who’d always be there. Before the moment I quit, my fear was the most dreaded part.

Once something actually clicked in me, I began believing that I can quit smoking, and believing that I don’t want it anymore. Believing in myself was a process of understanding that I’m bigger than this monster that resides inside me.

I’d quit before with hypnosis, but as long as I was worried about my commitment to quitting, it didn’t work. I had to believe it was possible. I see it as an empowerment vs. fear struggle. Allowing yourself to be less afraid and being empowered by the desire not to smoke makes it much easier to quit. Empowerment to me also means truly relishing and embracing the desire to get rid of the smoking demon.

It was like flicking a switch. Once I saw myself through the new light of self-empowerment, I chose to stop feeding the smoking gremlin.



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.


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