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How I Quit: JoAnn B.

Age: 60, from Calcasieu Parish

I was a two pack a day smoker for 25 years. I finally got sick of feeling bad in the spring and fall (allergy season) with sinus infections and bronchitis. I had decided that maybe I needed to see an allergy doctor, when I had that “duh” moment, that the first thing they would probably ask me was if I smoked. I decided it was time. I instinctually new that I was both physically addicted and psychology addicted. I made a plan to wean myself down to the lowest nicotine cigarette I could find, because I knew, due to past attempts, if I didn’t have to deal with severe withdrawals, I could work on the rest of it. Fortunately my employer paid for my NRT’s (at that time they were only available with a prescription and quite expensive). That was 21 years ago and I haven’t picked one up since. I am currently a Certified Tobacco Treatment Specialist and have facilitated a quit smoking program at a hospital for 7 years. The career that “found” me is in helping others to kick the habit.

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