Personal Stories

Michael H.


  • Berks County
  • 50 years old
  • Smoker for 38 years
  • Both parents have smoked and quit
  • Eldest sister has emphysema from smoking
  • Has previously tried the patch, gum and Chantix


Sick with the flu

Posted Sunday, March 2, 2008


Michael admittedly has very little to report in this latest entry. He came down with the flu for the past week which obviously was unfortunate, but did prevent him from smoking for the week. He has postponed his start date with the Commit Lozenge, and instead intends to begin next week.

Looking to drop below ten cigarettes a day

Posted Monday, February 18, 2008


Michael has been at the ten cigarette a day mark for two weeks now. He seems unsure of why he can't get below that level. He reveals that he has taken a stress test and walks us through some of his results. For the next week he will also be trying to use the Commit Lozenges at the advice of his doctor.

Michael shares some tips

Posted Tuesday, January 29, 2008


Michael has cut back to 10 cigarettes a day, an improvement from when he began his quit attempt. He's forced himself to only smoke outside, which is quite uncomfortable with January temperatures, and has some suggestions for those investigating the Chantix prescription medication.

Michael explains the benefits of quitting

Posted Friday, January 18, 2008


Michael talks about two issues important to his quit attempt, deciding whether you are ready and how to deal with people that nag you to quit. In this episode, Michael walks you through how he performed a cost benefit analysis that helped him understand that it was his time to quit. And techniques for reinforcing the idea by reviewing it daily.

Michael introduces himself

Posted Tuesday, January 1, 2008


To use his words, Michael is trying the impossible. He's 50 years old and has been smoking for 38 years. Various attempts to quit have been unsuccessful and he's jealous of friends and family who have kicked the habit. Find out how determined he is in 2008.

Smoking Fact

Cigarette smoking is a major cause of strokes, which are the third leading cause of death in the United States.