Success stories

Quitting is “knot” easy – Kim’s story*

Monday, August 6, 2018

When I first migrated to Australia in 1973, I could not speak English well. I think I took up smoking mainly for company, smoking was a friend. Smoking started to overtake my life, I remember having to cut back on groceries just to buy cigarettes. This was not good I thought to myself.

I tried a number of times to quit smoking over my 36 years of smoking, but without success.

I was looking for something to do with my hands so that I couldn’t smoke. I was always interested in the ancient art of knotting, which I first became aware of when I was 10 years old growing up in Vietnam. I learned more about knotting when I lived in Korea for two years where I was taught the traditional maedeup knotting at the Dong Lim Museum in Seoul. I would practice all day, making things such as bracelets, necklaces and keyrings…all without smoking because my hands and mind were kept busy.

I now sell my knotting work at various markets throughout Tasmania and have also sold around Australia.

I put out my last cigarette and quit for good on New Year’s Eve 31 December 2009.

Giving up smoking was one of the hardest things I have done, but it has also been the most rewarding. 

I thought I would never give up – Richard’s story*

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

I’m just about to reach my second anniversary of being smoke free.
I thought I’d never quit, until one day I saw a friend, who smoked like a train, and he told me that he’d quit. WTF! He quit! Well, if he can do it, so can I.
This was my 5th attempt at quitting. But this time, I planned it like a military operation. I knew I needed help, so thanks to Quitline and my GP, along with using lozenges, patches AND having a plan, I got through it.
Also, I created a negative anchor – something to think about that turned me off smoking. Like when you drag on a cigarette, think of something that made you sick in the past, attach that feeling to smoking…it helped me.
Now my sister is quitting, and I’m helping her.

If I can do it, anyone can – Karren’s story*

Monday, May 22, 2017

I am ‘living proof’ that ANYBODY can give up smoking!

I started smoking when I was 15, I’m now 41, with my girlfriend from school. Her Dad had passed away we were already secretly smoking but we decided to ask our parents if we could and to our surprise they said yes…we were shocked, but there was a catch….we had to sit in front of them and smoke one each, our parents made fun of us (of course to try and make us feel guilty). A packet would last me a month, pretty good I thought at the time. Well over time my habit got worse, I became a heavy smoker. And by heavy I was up to (are you ready for this?) 150 cigarettes A DAY, yes 150! In 2010 I became sick with thyroid issues and required surgery to have it removed. My Doctor said he would prefer if I gave up cigarettes or at least cut back! So I thought hmmmm ok I’ll try to give up! Knowing I had FAILED 3 times in the past already. So I called the Quitline, which I found very helpful, but I also went to see the Doctor and he gave me a script for ‘champix’ within 2 weeks I was down to 50 cigarettes a day, then by the third week I couldn’t smoke a full cigarette! I continued to find other things to do with my hands, which is what the Quitline told me to try. So I did latch-hook and maybe something a little naughty, I chewed on lollipops, but I am proud to say I have NOT HAD A CIGARETTE since July 2010…… So, if I can do it after smoking 150 a day to 0… ANYBODY CAN DO IT.
I work in a supermarket and have mentioned to customers that buy cigarettes my story and 4 people have come back to tell me they have also given up smoking.


*Results may vary from person to person