Personal Stories

Charing B.


  • Philadelphia County
  • 30 years old
  • Both parents smoke
  • Co-host of an online radio show
  • Has previously tried the patch and lozenges
  • Quitting with a friend


Charing stays on course

Posted Sunday, May 18, 2008


Charing's success continues. She's been smoke-free for so long that she's lost count of how long its been since her last cigarette.

Charing quits for Biggie

Posted Friday, April 11, 2008


Charing is still tobacco-free! Charing's cat, Biggie, has remained an inspiration throughout the quitting process. Charing has noticed a difference in Biggie's demeanor. She says he is much healthier and has gained his appetite back. Charing and Biggie are both happy to be smoke-free.

Charing celebrates

Posted Wednesday, April 9, 2008


Charing has been smoke-free for six weeks. Being smoke-free has become a natural part of her everyday life. She doesn't crave the cigarettes like she used to and is enjoying the benefits of being tobacco-free. She finds it easier to go up and down the steps and her house smells much better. Charing is celebrating by treating herself to dinner and a movie.

Charing is still smoke-free

Posted Sunday, March 23, 2008


Charing is still going strong on her quit attempt. She takes some time to offer some helpful tips to fellow quitters. The most important of these tips is the realization that quitting requires a shift in your lifestyle. It has taken some time for Charing to realize what that means for her, but now that she has she feels she can handle situations on life without turning to cigarettes.

Charing tries the patch

Posted Friday, March 21, 2008


Charing has good news. She has been smoke free for two full weeks. Her smoking cessation counselor in Philadelphia has been a source of great support for Charing. While Charing was reluctant to use any type of nicotine replacement therapy, she has since started utilizing the patch. Her counselor provided her with a two week supply and Charing has been pleased with how well they have worked. She feels comfortable offically labeling herself as a "non-smoker."

Charing's ups and downs

Posted Sunday, March 2, 2008


Charing admits that her quit attempt seems to be up and down for the most part. At the onset she was doing great, but in the past few weeks her cigarette usage has been on and off. Charing has had conversations with herself about her real motivation in this quit attempt and whether she was doing it for herself or for all the people that are telling her to quit. She has decided that she will only be successful if her decision to quit is hers and hers alone.

Charing has a setback

Posted Tuesday, January 29, 2008


Alcohol and social events are two common triggers that can derail a quit smoking attempt. Unfortunately it did for Charing, who cheated after successfully being smoke-free for 2 weeks. Now, she's resumed her attempt and is committed to quitting despite her small set-back.

Charing's inspiration

Posted Tuesday, January 15, 2008


Charing is a lot like many smokers who consume the majority of their cigarettes during downtimes in their day. In her case, it's when she's driving. She'll need to figure out other ways to make those moments pass.

Charing introduces herself

Posted Tuesday, January 1, 2008


Charing smoked her last cigarette in late December, but has found being nicotine free to be stressful and quite challenging. Can she keep it up and have this be her final quit attempt?

Smoking Fact

Teens who use smokeless tobacco are more likely to smoke later.