The Power of Support
I started smoking at the age of 17. When I was 33, I lost my mother to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. I remember watching her struggle to take every breath. After she passed away, I decided I didn’t want to end up suffering from the same disease, so I signed up for a program at Elgin St. Thomas Public Health to help me quit smoking. At the end of the program, I was no longer smoking and have not smoked since. I learned to change my habits that I associated with smoking and noticed my overall health get better the longer I stayed smoke-free. One of the best things I did for myself was quit smoking. Smoking is not easy to quit, but I believe that everyone has the strength to do it.