Success stories

You can read personal success stories below or see what advice they have for other people who are trying to quit in our videos.

Paul
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After smoking most of his life, Paul decided to quit the cigs once and for all with the help of Yorkshire Smoke-free and has turned his life around completely. Read how he won the fight against the cigs with a great amount of willpower and valuable support from our trained adviors from Yorkshire Smokefree!

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Tracy
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Are you a secret smoker? Tracy recently came to our Yorkshire Smokefree Advisors when she had a high carbon monoxide reading which made her realise the damage smoking was doing to the inside of her body. With the help of our service, she is now successfully smoke-free! Take a read of Tracy's story here.

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Sheila
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Sheila's inspirational story comes from the help of Yorkshire Smoke free and the recommendation from her doctor to quit smoking before having major surgery.

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Hannah
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Hannah, who works at Pinderfields Hospital has recently found a new lease of life and a breathe easy future with the support of her Yorkshire Smokefree advisor, Helen. Great work for Stoptober!

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Kathleen
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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...

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Charlotte
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Charlotte has had many attempts quitting smoking in the past but feels this time she has turned a corner.

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Alison and Lindsey
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Meet Alison and Lindsey! Both these lovely ladies have reached four weeks smoke free and we are extremely pleased with their carbon monoxide readings.

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Mary
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Mary first came to Yorkshire Smokefree when she was first advised by her nurse to improve her health and she hasn't looked back since.

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Neil
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Neil came to Yorkshire Smokefree because he needed some extra support on his journey and wanted to greatly improve his overall health.

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Lewis
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Knowing exactly why you smoke is extremely beneficial to be able to tackle any triggers, which is what 20-year-old Lewis found when he came to Yorkshire Smokefree. After a great amount of dedication, Lewis is now smoke-free and can lead a healthier lifestyle for himself, his partner and his son, which was his key motivation to quitting for good.

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Chris
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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.

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Brian
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Brian found it hard to manage his cravings, but with the support and guidance of Yorkshire Smokefree, he has managed to give up for good and feels a lot better for it in his overall health and wellbeing.

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Tom
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Tom successfully felt confident with our Yorkshire Smokefree service because of its proven track record and he feels like he has a new start from smoking since the age of 18.

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Carl
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Carl had been smoking since he was 17 and came to Yorkshire Smokefree on his second try to give up the cigs for good. After realising his cravings were worse when he had a drink, he used the service to manage his cravings, save money and better his health.

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Margaret
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Margaret had a positive experience with Yorkshire Smokefree with the personalised and attentive element our service offers. After 50 years, she has given up once and for all.

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Julie
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Julie got help to give up the cigarettes with the help of Yorkshire Smokefree after 45 years of on and off smoking.

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Mohammad
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Why did I want to stop? I could tell my health was deteriorating. I wanted to be well for my family, for my children and my friends. I was also concerned by the amount of money it was costing me to smoke.

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Kelly
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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.

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Emma
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Emma was referred to Yorkshire Smokefree via her midwife after her first booking appointment and attended one on one appointments with the stop smoking advisor throughout her pregnancy. She always promised herself that she would quit smoking when she reached her 40th birthday and finding out she was pregnant gave her that extra incentive to quit for good.

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Rebecca
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Congratulations to Rebecca, who stopped smoking during pregnancy with the support of her local stop smoking advisors in Barnsley.

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Karen
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Karen stopped smoking with the support of Yorkshire Smokefree in Barnsley. Here's her story one year on...

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Linda
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Linda smoked heavily for 60 years! With the support of the Wakefield Stop Smoking Service she is now happily smoke-free.

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Hannah
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Hannah recently stopped smoking with the help of our team in Wakefield. She had some words of encouragement for anyone in the Yorkshire region wanting to quit...

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Shirley
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Congratulations to Shirley, who quit during pregnancy with the support of her Barnsley stop smoking advisor Laura.

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Jean
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Congratulations to Jean, who is now smoke-free after quitting with the support of our Calderdale stop smoking team.

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Kathleen
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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…

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Julie
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Although quitting is your main priority, it can be hard to stay on track which leads to a cycle of on-off smoking. This was the case for Julie for 45 years, until she decided take control and ditch the cigs once and for all due to health issues.

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Tom
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Tom proved it's never too late to stop smoking. At 62, he decided to ditch the cigs after having a stroke- from then on, he was committed to improving his health and make a fresh start. Well done Tom!

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Susan
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It’s not always typical health reasons why people decide to start their smoke-free journey. Susan from Sheffield decided to ditch the cigarettes due to her religious faith, which she said kept her particularly motivated throughout her struggles.

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Teresa
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After a recent health scare, Teresa knew she needed to stop smoking. She sought the help of our Doncaster team. Here's her story:

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Samantha
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Recent health issues made Samantha suddenly realise she had been smoking for over half her life. Palpitations and shortness of breath were the final straw and that's when she sought our help. We asked her a few questions about her quit experience and here's what she told us...

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Kyle
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Congratulations to Kyle who sought the help of our Calderdale team and is now happy to say he is a non smoker. He shares his story with us below.

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Kirsty
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Kirsty referred herself to our Barnsley Stop Smoking service before she saw midwife for her first booking appointment as she really wanted to quit for the health of her baby. Here's her story...

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Suzanne
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Congratulations to Kirklees quitter Suzanne, who is now 8 weeks smoke-free after working with our quit advisor Sally.

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Zoe
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Zoe was referred to our Barnsley stop smoking service by her midwife and was really motivated to quit due to the risks associated with smoking during pregnancy. Her own mother had had a previous history of miscarrying and she was worried that this would happen to her.

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Merike
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Merike was a smoker for 10 years and was referred to our service via her midwife. She had considered quitting in the past but never managed it successfully. She also felt she had no real reason to quit.

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Stacey and Jason
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If you and your partner both smoke it can be hard to quit alone. That's why Barnsley smokers Stacey and Jason decided to stop smoking TOGETHER.

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John
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Congratulations to John, who has been working with our Barnsley quit advisor Neil. John is now smoke-free thanks to lots of hard work and determination. He has some kind words to say about the service he received from the Barnsley Quit Team...

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Sarah
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Sarah sought the help of our Barnsley Quit Team and is already enjoying good health and an improvement in her finances! Well done Sarah!

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Susan
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Congratulations to Barnsley quitter Susan, who is now 12 weeks smoke-free!

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Glynn
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Huge congratulations to 61-year-old, Glynn Lee who is now smokefree with the help from Yorkshire Smokefree Doncaster and his advisor Liam Nelthorpe. Take a look at his story below...

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Daniel
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Meet Daniel, shown in the photo at the Health pod promotion in Trinity Walk. He was well known to the Health Team as he has now lost 12 stones in weight and had been doing gym training for 2 years too.

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Nick
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17 weeks smoke-free and counting for Nick!

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Glenn
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Glenn from Rotherham quit smoking with help and support from Yorkshire Smokefree over two years ago.

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Robin
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Congratulations to Robin Allam who came to our one-to-one clinic at Tesco Brighouse and is now Smokefree!

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Elizabeth
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60-year-old Elizabeth came to our Doncaster Smokefree clinic after having enough of her smoker’s cough. She is now smoke free and shares her story below.

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Margaret
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70-year-old Margaret from Halifax was able to stop smoking with the support from Yorkshire Smokefree Calderdale. She shares her story below.

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Patrick
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After being a smoker since the age of 14, 56-year-old Patrick has finally been able to kick the habit with the support of Yorkshire Smokefree Sheffield. Here is his story...

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Kirsty
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Congratulations to Kirsty, now 3 months smoke-free and enjoying a healthy pregnancy!

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Susan
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We've got to hand it to Susan!

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Peter
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Peter has a very complex medical history which is quite rare. He has never attempted to quit smoking before, but has decided that this is the right time for him.

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Julie
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After being a smoker for over 30 years, 51 year old Julie has finally packed in the cigarettes with support from Yorkshire Smokefree Calderdale.

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Glyn
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Congratulations to Glyn from Doncaster who is now smokefree!

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Richard
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Congratulations to Richard who has now been successfully quit for 6 months after smoking for almost 50 years!

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Kirsty and Alfie
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Kirsty's son Alfie was so proud of his mum becoming smokefree he wrote us a story!

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Kathryn, Marie & Victoria
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Three friends recently attended our Stop Smoking Service to quit the cigarettes for good, together!

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Chris
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Congratulations to Chris who is now 7 week smokefree!

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Dorota
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Dorota decided to join Yorkshire Smokefree when she became pregnant. She knew it was time to stop smoking.

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Nick
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53 year old Nick from Halifax suffered a heart attack which made him aware just how serious the effects of smoking can be. This made him determined to quit.

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Shirley
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80 year old Shirley came to our Wakefield smokefree clinic to finally kick the habit!

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Samantha
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A huge well done to Samantha who has become smokefree with the help of our Calderdale team!

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Jean and Ian
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Congratulations to Jean and her partner Ian who have both stopped smoking together with support from our advisors in Halifax!

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John
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When John realised he no longer enjoyed smoking, he decided it was time to quit. He came to see us in Halifax for help and support and has been smokefree since January!

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Lillian
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When Lillian decided to go for IVF, she knew it was time to stop smoking.

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Katie
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Katie’s four year old son Ethan asked his mum to quit smoking when he saw an advert on TV showing the devastating effects cigarettes can have.

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Sharon
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Congratulations to Sharon who has just reached the 8 week smokefree mark! Take a look at what she had to say...

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Paul
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Congratulations to Paul who is 5 weeks smokefree! Take a look at his story here...

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Sarah
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At just 37 years old, Sarah didn’t expect to suffer from a heart attack. When this devastating emergency happened, she knew it was time to stop smoking.

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Jim
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A huge well done to Jim from Doncaster who has stopped smoking with the help of Yorkshire Smokefree!

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Doug
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Doug from Rotherham came to the service wanting to stop smoking for his health

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Carole
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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.

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David
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Congratulations to David from Wath who has quit with the help of our Yorkshire Smokefree Rotherham advisor, Amanda Dixon.

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Sean
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After his parents were diagnosed with COPD, Sean decided it was time he quit smoking and came to our Doncaster and Rotherham teams for help.

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Ryan
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Congratulations to Ryan Lee who has become smokefree with the help of our Doncaster team.

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Michael
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67 Year Old Michael Quits After 55 Years of Smoking!

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Sean
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Congratulations to Sean on becoming smoke-free with the help of our Doncaster team!

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David
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Well done David on reaching your 1 year smoke-free anniversary!

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Sarah
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Sarah quit smoking with our help back in June 2012

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Trudy
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Trudy quits and buys a car!

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Sarah
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A huge congratulations to Sarah who is celebrating her 3rd anniversary of being smokefree!

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Every so often a client will pop back into our Quit Shops to share their ongoing success months and even years after they originally attended for support to quit smoking.

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William
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“I am 93 years old and this goes to show it’s never too late to stop and improve your health.”

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Chris
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A big congratulations to Chris for becoming 3 years smoke-free!

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John
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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.

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Ann
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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.

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Charlotte
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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.

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Jen
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Quitter Jen really turned around her smoking habit by replacing it with a new skill - look at this incredible giraffe she knitted to keep herself busy during those tough moments!

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Hazel
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Hazel came to our Wakefield team for support during her quit in the beginning of April. She had been feeling unwell for quite some time, and had a cough that wouldn’t go away.

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Nathan
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You’re never too old to feel the benefits of quitting smoking; just ask 75 year old quitter Nathan!

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Clint & Shaz
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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.

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Paul
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Paul’s parents both passed away from illness in the lungs; his father from cancer, and his mother from emphysema. After losing both of them, he decided it was time to quit smoking.

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Stuart
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“You can do it. Get it into your mind” …This is what Stuart told himself when he first started his quit. Now he is very proud to be smoke-free!

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Alan
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Alan saw our Doncaster Quit Shop in passing, and decided it was time he got some extra support.

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Pat
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After 40 years of smoking, Pat from Pontefract made the life changing decision to quit for good.

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Maureen
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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.

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Margaret
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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.

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Susan
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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!

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Richard
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Working in a physically demanding job, Richard was struggling with carrying out his duties and was sure it was to do with his smoking habit.

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Lavinia
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Lavina has recently quit smoking, with the help of Yorkshire Smokefree and her school. Here she shares with us her quit journey.

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Christine, Shirley and Florence
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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.

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Kathleen
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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.

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Bev
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After trying all other options in the past, Bev decided to give the Yorkshire Smokefree online service a go. She is happy to tell us she is now Smoke free and over the moon!

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Jane and Lisa
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Jane and Lisa* are a mother-daughter combo that are now proud to say they have quit smoking for good. Both women found it very difficult to change their habits but overcame this with different techniques- well done!

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Graham
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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!

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Debbie
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Cigarettes ruled her daily routine for several years, but now Debbie has become smoke-free for good - congratulations!

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Adele
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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!

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Ellie
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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*!

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Margaret
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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.

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Sarah
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Having 3 cancer scares within days, a tooth infection that wouldn't budge and a two disabled children Sarah decided to quit her 30 a day habit forever.

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Sarah and Julie
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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.

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Natasha E
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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.

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Simon
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45 year old Simon had smoked since he was 17. But now with help from Yorkshire Smokefree he is seeing life in a different way.

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Ken
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After smoking for 30 years, Ken decided to quit to improve his health. Now, four months later, Ken is enjoying the benefits of being smoke-free.

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Jordan
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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.

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Brenda
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71 year old Brenda had smoked for over thirty years. Now, thanks to our expert help, she is smoke-free and living life to the full.

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Natasha
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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.

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Dean
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46 year old Dean had smoked for 33 years when he was rushed to hospital with pneumonia. He got help from Yorkshire Smokefree and has now quit for good.

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