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Kate's story*

Friday, July 25, 2014

I had wanted to quit for years. Falling pregnant was the biggest real reason to try again, but try as I might, I couldn't do it.

I called Quitline hoping they would be able to help, it may work for others, and everyone is different. And just because it didn't work for me, doesn't mean it won't for you. I tried patches, they didn't work, I tried gum and all it did was make me feel sick.

I went through my entire pregnancy feeling guilty and full of stress due to my marriage falling apart, but mostly feeling guilty and shameful for smoking while I was pregnant.

The night I went into labour was the night I quit.  I smoked my last cigarette at 11pm and said, that's it, when I walk out of this hospital a mother again, I will not be a smoker. For me, that is what worked.

Three days in hospital, no smoke smell, unable to see smokers and I walked out a non-smoker. My daughter is now 3 and I have not touched a cigarette since that night. The mere smell of smoke makes me feel ill. It is one of the best things I have ever done. All it took for me was that 3 days break and the mindset that I never wanted to put another cigarette near my lips again, for me and more importantly, for my kids.

Good luck, you CAN do it...

*Results may vary from person to person.