Congratulations to the
$2,500 Gold Medal Winner
At only 36 years old, Mary Stackhouse has tried several different ways to break the hold cigarettes had on her life since she was a teen. Although Mary was an athlete, she yielded to peer pressure and began smoking in high school with friends. She knew it was unhealthy, but thought she could quit whenever she wanted. After several attempts, with help from her husband Adam, and the Quit Now Indiana Contest, Mary is tobacco free!
Like many other quitters, Mary looked for any help she could find to break her addiction to tobacco. Mary tried everything from prescriptions to laser treatment and even organic cigarettes, until she decided to quit cold turkey on August 29, 2012. Mary tried to use the gum to help her quit this time, but after two days of chewing that gum, she decided it was too nasty to continue chewing, and just quitting would be a better option.
Mary’s biggest motivator for quitting was her health. Even if there was no Quit Now Indiana Contest, she had already set her quit date and was committed to taking her life back from tobacco. Winning the contest was just icing on the cake. She encourages anyone who is trying to quit to not give up, and wants them all to know they will feel so much better after they quit for good. Mary said she initially had to fight the urge for a cigarette, but those urges have since subsided. Congratulations Mary Stackhouse.
$1,500 Silver Medal Winner
Sean Terrell is a 31 year old husband and step-father to a five year old daughter. Sean has smoked cigarettes for almost half his life, until September 16, 2012. Sean had tried to quit smoking many times, but this time he was more determined and had the support from his family, including his wife and mother-in-law, who are very proud of him.
Like many successful quitters, Sean set a date to quit tobacco and looked to patches to help him quit, but after one week, Sean decided to do it without the patch. To make him more accountable, Sean made sure to tell family and friends he was quitting and they kept him honest and encouraged.
Now smoke-free, Sean is feeling great! He said he quit for his health, his family and friends. Sean also decided to quit because of the danger he was causing others around him with secondhand smoke. Sean’s advice to anyone who is trying to quit is to set a quit date, stick to it and tell people close to you that you are quitting and to keep you accountable. Congratulations Sean!
$1,000 Bronze Medal Winner
Carla Reel is a 51 year old single mother of two and grandmother of four. Carla began smoking at 17, at a time when smoking was very acceptable for teens and young adults. Carla did not smoke while she was pregnant, but quickly began smoking after each child was born.
In 1992, Carla made a serious attempt to quit smoking and decided to use pharmaceuticals to help. She quit for two months. 20 years later, Carla made a more serious attempt. This time she set a quit date and told her family to keep her accountable.
Carla set her quit date for September 11, but yielded to her cravings and smoked soon after. She was determined to quit this time, and not let her family and friends who were supporting her down. On September 18 Carla went out with a friend who did not smoke, and had a good time, without smoking. Each day Carla went without a cigarette, she began to feel better and better. After a few weeks her family and friends noticed a change and continued to encourage her. She began to receive tips and encouragement to help her stay quit from INShape Indiana e-mails, and many of her friends and family that continued to smoke, even her daughter. In fact, she would go out with her friends (who smoke) and they would smoke less.
Now that Carla is smoke-free she is a living inspiration to her friends. In fact, Carla’s 31 year-old daughter has been very encouraged by her mom, and is now trying to quit smoking. Carla’s advice to her daughter and others is to not give up. It’s hard, but you will feel so much better when you’ve quit. Congratulations Carla!
Thank you to all who entered the contest.
Everyone who has made a quit attempt should be proud. If you’ve fallen off the wagon, don’t give-up, simply try again.
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