Smoke-free Living - Missy Williams Shares Her Success!
Congratulations to Missy Williams of New Ulm, who celebrated her two-year anniversary of being smoke-free on August 30. Missy took the Freedom from Smoking class offered through Community Education and taught by Holly Glaubitz, health educator for The Heart of New Ulm Project (HONU). We asked Missy a few questions about her quitting experience.
HONU: How long did you smoke?
Missy: 23 years
HONU: How many times had you tried to quit?
Missy: Probably four to five serious attempts
HONU: Did you use any type of cessation product to quit? (lozenges, patch, prescription meds, gum, etc.)?
Missy: Just the lozenges. I broke them in half or into quarters and only used them when I really felt like I wanted/needed a smoke.
HONU: What was your motivation for quitting?
Missy: I'm not really sure. I would like to say health, but I'm not entirely sure that's true. I don't have a concrete answer for that one. It must have just been time.
HONU: Did you have any withdrawal systems?
Missy: I did, but oddly, I can't remember them a whole lot anymore. The one that sticks out in my mind the most is the day I couldn't quit crying. That's when Holly explained to me that I was essentially saying goodbye to my best friend.
Cigarettes were there for me whether I had a good day, a bad day, whether I was broke or had a little change in my pocket, and in sickness and in health. Basically they were there all the time and now I was telling them to go away and that I didn't need them anymore.
HONU: Do you still face temptation?
Missy: I'm not sure I would call it temptation. I think about it daily. I can't even lie and say I don't. I still don't think it stinks 100 percent of the time and I am somewhat jealous of the people that have not chosen to quit yet. But I have not been "tempted" enough to even buy a pack and leave them unopened somewhere. My mom died a year ago, and I thought with all my being that the anniversary of her death would be the thing that would undo my quitting. It didn't though. I made it through that awful time puff-free.
HONU: How do you deal with the temptation to smoke now?
Missy: Again, I'm not sure it's really temptation. When I really think I want one, I will say it out loud. Then everyone looks at me like I'm crazy.
HONU: What motivates you to stay smoke-free?
Missy: I am now to the point that I am saying I know my boyfriend would be so mad at me, as would his kids, if I started again. Maybe on a deeper level I know I just don't want to go back to that no matter how much I think I would like to at times.
You CAN Quit!
The American Cancer Society is marking the 37th Great American Smokeout on November 15 by encouraging smokers to use the date to make a plan to quit, or to plan in advance and quit smoking that day. By doing so, smokers will be taking an important step toward a healthier life.
Tobacco use remains the single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in the United States, yet more than 45 million Americans still smoke cigarettes. Quitting is hard, but you can increase your chances of success with help.
Minnesota's Quit Plan Resource; 1.888.354.PLAN (7526)
American Cancer Society; 1.800.227.2345
American Lung Association; 1.800.642.LUNG (5864)