Emma hadn’t realised quite how badly her smoking was affecting her health until she had an unstoppable coughing fit under anaesthetic for a routine knee arthroscopy. The anaesthetist later told her the medical emergency was a clear sign she needed to quit smoking.
Latin dancer Mark always felt self-conscious when dancing with a partner because he knew the smell of cigarettes was unpleasant. Since quitting smoking, he is no longer worries when he is partner dancing and can simply enjoy the moment.
While, over time, Kathryn’s attempts at quitting had got more serious, she was lacking a clear motivation. But when she and her partner, Emma-Kate, decided to have a baby, she found the mental strength she needed.
Samantha Costello felt smoking was impacting her life in every way. After trying for three years to quit smoking, she finally beat the addiction by going ‘cold turkey’.
Paul loved smoking, but he loved his new girlfriend, Tara, more. He found the willpower to quit smoking because Tara meant more to him than tobacco.
Australian cricket legend Darren Lehmann thought he was “bullet proof”. So when he woke up with strong chest pains on his 50th birthday, he had no idea his life was on the line.
Caroline was afraid that if she gave up smoking she would have to face her emotions. But when Caroline finally did quit smoking, she discovered she was able to deal with her emotions better.
Anita was only 23 when she landed a fast-paced job in the career of her dreams. But with the role came stress and a need to find moments to escape. Anita began joining her team mates on their smoking breaks.
Joe and Amanda both started smoking as children. But decades on, they found the strength and the motivation to go smoke free. Today they are both healthier versions of themselves.
South Australian former smokers Scott, Esther and Pauline all quit smoking in different ways, but all had in common a strong desire to quit smoking. They are now experiencing the many benefits of being smoke free. Listen to them tell their stories.
Did you know that 70 per cent of smokers wish they had never started smoking and want to quit? Smokers come from all walks of life. Here are five real quit smoking stories from ex-smokers.