Rose Minton: It’s never to late to become tobacco free

December 17, 2019

Rose knew it was time to make a change regarding her tobacco use after experiencing a series of health issues, and after being encouraged to quit by her doctors at UNC. She began reducing her use and cut back from 2 packs per day to 3 cigarettes per day!  To help reduce, she placed her cigarettes … Continued

Corey Peavler: Using strategies & medication to remain tobacco free

December 17, 2019

By Jazmyne Jones Most people start smoking in high school, and Corey Peavler was no exception. Around the age of 16, Corey lit his first cigarette.  Several factors led to his introduction to smoking, including: a heavy course load in high school; easy access to free cigarettes; and tobacco company marketing highlighting successful people smoking. … Continued

Tommy Hawkins: “I wish I never started smoking”

December 12, 2019

Tommy Hawkins, Bus Mechanic #1, had already quit smoking for a month when he contacted the Wellness@Work Tobacco Cessation program. Like many people, he started to smoke at a young age, quit, started again, quit again, and so on. One month earlier, he was diagnosed with heart problems.  In the emergency room, the doctor gave … Continued

Lonnie Harp: “Tobacco Doesn’t Have a Grip on Me Anymore”

October 30, 2019

Lonnie Harp, Town of Chapel Hill Firefighter, made several attempts to stop using smokeless tobacco. However, he found that each time he returned to his tobacco use, citing the enjoyment of having something in his mouth as a contributing factor. – and being able to spit it out. In March he decided he wanted to … Continued