How Has Smoking Impacted You?

How has smoking impacted your life? Are you trying to quit? Does someone you care about smoke? The Health Department wants to hear from you.

In honor of the New Year, the Rhode Island Department of Health is encouraging smokers to quit in 2013 with the launch of its new smoking cessation campaign, “Tobacco Made Me.”

The new campaign, which showcases personal stories from Rhode Islanders whose lives have been negatively impacted by smoking and tobacco use, is designed to motivate smokers to call the state’s quit line at 1-800-QUIT-NOW. 

How has smoking impacted your own life? Are you a previous smoker and quit? How did you do it? Tell us your story in the comments section.

“Quitting smoking is tough, but the more times that a smoker tries to quit, the more likely he or she is to ultimately be successful,” said  Dr. Michael Fine, director of the health department. “Smokers should know that services to help them quit are available and that HEALTH supports them in making a commitment to kick the habit. We are up against $10 billion of tobacco marketing money, but working together, we can help Rhode Island’s remaining smokers to quit.”
The new campaign is modeled after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) national “Tips from Former Smokers Campaign,” which used ex-smokers’ personal stories to increase quitline calls in other states by up to four times the normal volume. 
HEALTH has launched a new Facebook page at www.facebook.com/TobaccoMadeMe that includes video interviews with Rhode Islanders sharing their personal stories of overcoming nicotine addiction. The page will also be a community space where all Rhode Islanders can share their stories and support each other in their efforts to quit smoking. The videos have also been added to www.Quitnowri.com.
A series of bus, radio, and print advertisements featuring quotes from each personal story will assist in raising campaign awareness. “Tobacco Made Me” will run through February, 2013.

Ezra Ferris December 28, 2012 at 06:32 PM
Quit smoking 3/8/96 after 40+ years of smoking 2-3 packs a day. Cold turkey. HOW? My heart stopped and I was brought back. My will to live is stronger than a slow, painful death. Not a recommended way to quit, but it worked for me.
john davidson December 28, 2012 at 08:48 PM
NRT Failure Rate Soars to 98.4% New revelations confirm that Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) has a documented long term failure rate of 98.4%. PRLog (Press Release) - Apr 03, 2009 - New revelations confirm that Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) has a documented long term failure rate of 98.4%. NRT is the Government’s recommended treatment for its smoking cessation programmes and is heavily funded by the tax-payer. Pro-choice group Freedom2choose are alarmed at these revelations and the obvious waste of tax-payers’ funds. Colin Grainger, vice chairman of the group states, “NRT products are obviously unfit for the purpose for which they are sold. This is fraud, wrong and immoral.”
john davidson December 28, 2012 at 08:48 PM
Freedom2choose have previously highlighted alternative ways to successfully quit smoking, including the Allen Carr method, with a documented success rate of 58% for those choosing to give up. The Allen Carr method even promises a money back guarantee to those that don’t successfully quit. “More worryingly,” continues Colin Grainger “is the shock that the scientists who put the study together even work for the manufacturers of NRT. This clearly shows how the Big Pharmaceutical companies influence the outcome of studies.” The revelations were originally made public by long-term anti-smoking campaigner Professor Michael Siegel who states “With a long-term smoking cessation percentage of only 1.6%, one can hardly call NRT treatment an "effective" intervention. In fact, the logical conclusion from this paper is that NRT was a dismal intervention.”
john davidson December 28, 2012 at 08:53 PM
Tobacco Control Scotland has admitted it has no record of any deaths or demonstrable harm caused to anyone from second hand smoke as the UK Govt pushes forward the idea of third hand smoke, aka Invisible Smoke, without any evidence at all. Bill Gibson, The International Coalition Against Prohibition (TICAP) chairman, was interested to know how many actual deaths and respiratory illnesses were recorded in Scotland from passive smoking, given the reported guesstimate 13,000 figure which is repeated parrot fashion year after year. He put in an FOI request and found that there wasn't one death or respiratory illnesses attributed to SHS or tobacco. Perhaps I should repeat that. Not one death has been recorded in Scotland as definitely related to tobacco smoking or passive smoking. If we did the same the world over we would get the same answer. Remember this story from last year: B.S. Study: 600,000 People Die Worldwide From Secondhand Smoke Every Year
JackE December 28, 2012 at 08:55 PM
Friday, July 27, 2012 Pharmaceutical Nicotine and Chantix: 93% Failure Rate Reconfirmed A study published in the European Journal of Internal Medicine indicates that pharmaceutical nicotine and Chantix (varenicline) had 93% failure rates at two inner city academic health center clinics with predominantly Medicaid patients (abstract here). http://rodutobaccotruth.blogspot.com/2012/07/pharmaceutical-nicotine-and-chantix-93.html
Delores McCoy December 29, 2012 at 12:31 AM
I quit over 30 years ago after smoking three packs a day. My every action revolved around having a cigarette. I would wake up in the middle of the night to smoke. I planned my driving routes on where I could stop for cigarettes. At that time you were allowed to smoke at your desk, and of course I did that. If I was on the phone, I smoked, if I was driving, I smoked...you get the idea. Thank God I was lucky to meet someone who I now credit with saving my life. He said to me "How can someone so intelligent smoke cigarettes. Do you realize how stupid you look with that cigarette hanging out of your mouth?" He was right of course. I decided to quit and relied on nicotine gum to get me through the tough withdrawl period. Haven't had a cigarette since. If you really want to quit any method will work. Just do it! Good luck.


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