You can read personal success stories below or see what advice they have for other people who are trying to quit in our videos.
Philip was 14 when he started smoking, and has smoked for the last 50 years. Philip has now given up smoking for good, with the support of the Wakefield team from Yorkshire Smokefree.
Eileen from Doncaster decided to join Yorkshire Smokefree after she realised she couldn’t afford to smoke AND retire. After also being diagnosed with COPD and asthma, she decided it was time to stop before it got too late.
Suella decided to stop smoking after she was diagnosed with COPD. After many years of wheezing and coughing up phlegm she decided enough was enough and it was time to do something about it.
John from Wakefield was only 15 when he started smoking, with all his friends smoking too- you weren’t part of the gang unless you smoked. It didn’t help coming home to a family that smoked too. After many years of keeping up with the habit, it became too expensive to keep up with.
Mandy from Wakefield started smoking at 13 years old after giving in to the peer pressure from her friends. Since everyone smoked, it seemed like the cool thing to do. However, after many years of being addicted to smoking, it was most definitely the wrong thing to do.
Samantha was just 15 years old when she started smoking, and over the years she steadily smoked more and more, leading to a 30-a-day habit. She sought the help of Yorkshire Smokefree in Wakefield as she desperately wanted to quit. Here's her story...
S is a 34 year old woman who is married with a young family. She was referred to the service by a junior doctor on the Acute Medical Unit at Barnsley Hospital. She had been admitted that day with a collapsed lung.
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.
B recently sought the help of our Wakefield Stop Smoking Team following a hospital visit. The doctor at the hospital was concerned about her levels of breathlessness and suggested that smoking was damaging her health.
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!
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.
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!
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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…
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.
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!
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.
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...
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...
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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!
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.