Success stories

You can read personal success stories below or see what advice they have for other people who are trying to quit in our videos.

Brian
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Brian found it hard to manage his cravings, but with the support and guidance of Yorkshire Smokefree, he has managed to give up for good and feels a lot better for it in his overall health and wellbeing.

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Tom
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Tom successfully felt confident with our Yorkshire Smokefree service because of its proven track record and he feels like he has a new start from smoking since the age of 18.

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Carl
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Carl had been smoking since he was 17 and came to Yorkshire Smokefree on his second try to give up the cigs for good. After realising his cravings were worse when he had a drink, he used the service to manage his cravings, save money and better his health.

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Margaret
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Margaret had a positive experience with Yorkshire Smokefree with the personalised and attentive element our service offers. After 50 years, she has given up once and for all.

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Julie
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Julie got help to give up the cigarettes with the help of Yorkshire Smokefree after 45 years of on and off smoking.

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Mohammad
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Why did I want to stop? I could tell my health was deteriorating. I wanted to be well for my family, for my children and my friends. I was also concerned by the amount of money it was costing me to smoke.

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Julie
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Although quitting is your main priority, it can be hard to stay on track which leads to a cycle of on-off smoking. This was the case for Julie for 45 years, until she decided take control and ditch the cigs once and for all due to health issues.

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Tom
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Tom proved it's never too late to stop smoking. At 62, he decided to ditch the cigs after having a stroke- from then on, he was committed to improving his health and make a fresh start. Well done Tom!

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Susan
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It’s not always typical health reasons why people decide to start their smoke-free journey. Susan from Sheffield decided to ditch the cigarettes due to her religious faith, which she said kept her particularly motivated throughout her struggles.

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Elizabeth
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60-year-old Elizabeth came to our Doncaster Smokefree clinic after having enough of her smoker’s cough. She is now smoke free and shares her story below.

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Patrick
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After being a smoker since the age of 14, 56-year-old Patrick has finally been able to kick the habit with the support of Yorkshire Smokefree Sheffield. Here is his story...

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Peter
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Peter has a very complex medical history which is quite rare. He has never attempted to quit smoking before, but has decided that this is the right time for him.

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Julie
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After being a smoker for over 30 years, 51 year old Julie has finally packed in the cigarettes with support from Yorkshire Smokefree Calderdale.

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Glyn
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Congratulations to Glyn from Doncaster who is now smokefree!

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Richard
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Congratulations to Richard who has now been successfully quit for 6 months after smoking for almost 50 years!

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Kirsty and Alfie
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Kirsty's son Alfie was so proud of his mum becoming smokefree he wrote us a story!

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Kathryn, Marie & Victoria
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Three friends recently attended our Stop Smoking Service to quit the cigarettes for good, together!

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Chris
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Congratulations to Chris who is now 7 week smokefree!

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Dorota
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Dorota decided to join Yorkshire Smokefree when she became pregnant. She knew it was time to stop smoking.

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Nick
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53 year old Nick from Halifax suffered a heart attack which made him aware just how serious the effects of smoking can be. This made him determined to quit.

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Shirley
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80 year old Shirley came to our Wakefield smokefree clinic to finally kick the habit!

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Samantha
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A huge well done to Samantha who has become smokefree with the help of our Calderdale team!

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Jean and Ian
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Congratulations to Jean and her partner Ian who have both stopped smoking together with support from our advisors in Halifax!

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John
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When John realised he no longer enjoyed smoking, he decided it was time to quit. He came to see us in Halifax for help and support and has been smokefree since January!

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Lillian
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When Lillian decided to go for IVF, she knew it was time to stop smoking.

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Katie
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Katie’s four year old son Ethan asked his mum to quit smoking when he saw an advert on TV showing the devastating effects cigarettes can have.

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Sharon
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Congratulations to Sharon who has just reached the 8 week smokefree mark! Take a look at what she had to say...

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Paul
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Congratulations to Paul who is 5 weeks smokefree! Take a look at his story here...

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Sarah
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At just 37 years old, Sarah didn’t expect to suffer from a heart attack. When this devastating emergency happened, she knew it was time to stop smoking.

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Jim
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A huge well done to Jim from Doncaster who has stopped smoking with the help of Yorkshire Smokefree!

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Doug
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Doug from Rotherham came to the service wanting to stop smoking for his health

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Carole
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Carole Lee came to Yorkshire Smokefree Rotherham for support and encouragement to kick the habit. She was aware of the health problems linked to smoking and wanted to stop before it was too late.

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David
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Congratulations to David from Wath who has quit with the help of our Yorkshire Smokefree Rotherham advisor, Amanda Dixon.

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Sean
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After his parents were diagnosed with COPD, Sean decided it was time he quit smoking and came to our Doncaster and Rotherham teams for help.

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Ryan
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Congratulations to Ryan Lee who has become smokefree with the help of our Doncaster team.

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Michael
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67 Year Old Michael Quits After 55 Years of Smoking!

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Sean
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Congratulations to Sean on becoming smoke-free with the help of our Doncaster team!

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David
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Well done David on reaching your 1 year smoke-free anniversary!

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Sarah
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Sarah quit smoking with our help back in June 2012

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Trudy
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Trudy quits and buys a car!

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Sarah
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A huge congratulations to Sarah who is celebrating her 3rd anniversary of being smokefree!

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Every so often a client will pop back into our Quit Shops to share their ongoing success months and even years after they originally attended for support to quit smoking.

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William
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“I am 93 years old and this goes to show it’s never too late to stop and improve your health.”

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Chris
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A big congratulations to Chris for becoming 3 years smoke-free!

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John
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John had been smoking for 10 years. To protect the health of his children and grandchildren, he’d already made his own personal smoke-free areas by banning himself from smoking inside his house or in his car.

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Ann
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Ann had reached a point in her life where she knew she had been smoking too many cigarettes for too long. She saw that she could no longer walk up stairs without getting out of breath or walking a short distance, and didn’t want to feel like she was limiting her own life. Recently she began to suffer from chest pains which made her want to cut out cigarettes for good.

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Charlotte
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When Charlotte decided to quit smoking, she wanted to know that she wasn’t on her own. She joined Kirklees Smokefree’s evening support group at Dewsbury Health Centre so that she could go through her own quitting experience alongside other people in the same situation.

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Jen
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Quitter Jen really turned around her smoking habit by replacing it with a new skill - look at this incredible giraffe she knitted to keep herself busy during those tough moments!

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Hazel
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Hazel came to our Wakefield team for support during her quit in the beginning of April. She had been feeling unwell for quite some time, and had a cough that wouldn’t go away.

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Nathan
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You’re never too old to feel the benefits of quitting smoking; just ask 75 year old quitter Nathan!

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Clint & Shaz
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For the past few months, Clint has been suffering from COPD. After he realised he was restricted from activities that used to be part of his daily routine he decided it was time to make a change.

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Paul
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Paul’s parents both passed away from illness in the lungs; his father from cancer, and his mother from emphysema. After losing both of them, he decided it was time to quit smoking.

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Stuart
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“You can do it. Get it into your mind” …This is what Stuart told himself when he first started his quit. Now he is very proud to be smoke-free!

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Alan
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Alan saw our Doncaster Quit Shop in passing, and decided it was time he got some extra support.

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Pat
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After 40 years of smoking, Pat from Pontefract made the life changing decision to quit for good.

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Maureen
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Maureen stepped into our Doncaster quit shop when she was in the town centre one afternoon and decided to see how Yorkshire Smokefree could help her. As a sufferer of COPD, her doctors had been advising her to quit for a while.

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Margaret
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Like most quitters, Margaret has had several unsuccessful attempts to stop smoking for good in the past. She decided that some extra support would give her a boost that she needed to keep going in the long term, and that’s when she came to Yorkshire Smokefree.

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Susan
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Our Wakefield team are very proud of quitter Susan who is a whopping 115 days smoke-free after trying to stay quit for good over the past few years. All that determination really paid off in the end!

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Richard
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Working in a physically demanding job, Richard was struggling with carrying out his duties and was sure it was to do with his smoking habit.

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Lavinia
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Lavina has recently quit smoking, with the help of Yorkshire Smokefree and her school. Here she shares with us her quit journey.

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Christine, Shirley and Florence
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Three sisters have made the decision to quit together after contracting a smoking related disease, which affects up to a quarter of all smokers. Christine, Shirley and Florence decided enough was enough after chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) left them with breathing difficulties and frequent chest infections.

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Kathleen
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For most of her life, 65 year old Kathleen smoked 20 roll-up cigarettes a day. Since she was diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, her whole family was worried about what continuing the habit would do to her health.

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Bev
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After trying all other options in the past, Bev decided to give the Yorkshire Smokefree online service a go. She is happy to tell us she is now Smoke free and over the moon!

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Graham
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Graham was a heavy smoker for a big part of his life. For over a decade his GP has been advising him to cut the habit due to the health problems he has been living with. He’s now incredibly pleased to say that he is smoke-free for good!

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Debbie
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Cigarettes ruled her daily routine for several years, but now Debbie has become smoke-free for good - congratulations!

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Adele
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It’s hard to believe that keen rambler Adele once had a 30 a day smoking habit and couldn’t even get through a visit to the supermarket without nipping out for a cigarette. This year marks 3 years of being smoke-free for her - an amazing achievement for the 31 year old!

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Ellie
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One Rotherham quitter shows us that no matter what your situation is, stopping smoking can get you one step closer to better health. Well done on becoming smoke-free for 2015, Ellie*!

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Margaret
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Margaret has proven that it is never too late to quit smoking by breaking the habit at 75 years old. After smoking throughout the majority of her life, Maragret made the decision to go smoke free for the sake of her health. She was hospitalised with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), a damaging illness that is more likely to occur in those that have been exposed to tobacco smoke for a long period of time.

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Sarah
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Having 3 cancer scares within days, a tooth infection that wouldn't budge and a two disabled children Sarah decided to quit her 30 a day habit forever.

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Sarah and Julie
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The two sisters were inspired to attend our Calderdale stop smoking group sessions after their father was diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). The illness is more likely to affect those who smoke than non-smokers, but it can be caused by a genetic condition. Sarah and Julie both knew they were at risk to inherit COPD, and decided to quit together to keep their chances as low as possible.

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Natasha E
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18 year old Natasha decided to give up smoking after she found out she was pregnant with her first child. She has now been smoke-free for 9 months and now has a healthy 9 weeks old baby boy.

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Simon
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45 year old Simon had smoked since he was 17. But now with help from Yorkshire Smokefree he is seeing life in a different way.

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Ken
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After smoking for 30 years, Ken decided to quit to improve his health. Now, four months later, Ken is enjoying the benefits of being smoke-free.

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Jordan
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22 year old Jordan decided to give up smoking after finding out she was pregnant with her second child. With support from Yorkshire Smokefree she’s now been cigarette-free for 3 months and is enjoying hearing her baby is growing well.

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Brenda
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71 year old Brenda had smoked for over thirty years. Now, thanks to our expert help, she is smoke-free and living life to the full.

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Natasha
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When 23 year old Natasha became pregnant with her third child, she knew she had to quit smoking for the health of her baby. After getting expert help, she is now enjoying a smoke-free life with her two young children and newborn daughter.

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Dean
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46 year old Dean had smoked for 33 years when he was rushed to hospital with pneumonia. He got help from Yorkshire Smokefree and has now quit for good.

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