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

Jody Nash and Patti Roten: “I see many cancer patients at my job, and many of them smoke; I don’t want that to be me.”

February 15, 2019

Jody Nash and Patti Roten are sisters-in-law, and both are Administrative Associates at the UNC Cancer Hospital. They have a close relationship and decided to participate in the Tobacco Free Tar Heels program together in order to support each other’s efforts to quit smoking.

Jody’s motivation to quit smoking came from billboards on the highway promoting lung screening for current and former smokers. Her test results came back negative (cancer free!) and she decided to stop smoking to remain healthy. Jody remarked, “I see many cancer patients at my job, and many of them smoke; I don’t want that to be me.”

Nancy DePalma: “Sick and tired” of being held captive by her cigarette addiction

January 3, 2019

When Nancy DePalma found herself driving to the store over icy roads to buy cigarettes, or smoking butts she found in her ashtrays, she realized she had a problem. She was “sick and tired” of being held captive by her cigarette addiction and embarrassed when her patients and friends smelled cigarette smoke on her.

Glenn Hair: Working with TTP was like having a gym partner

November 15, 2018

Glenn Hair started smoking when he was 12 years old and smoked up to two packs of cigarettes every day. He tried to quit smoking numerous times but always found an excuse for why it was not the right time. He told himself he would quit later, but when he received his cancer diagnosis, he realized that, “One of these days, later isn’t going to come.” 

Lauren Ryan: Quitting for herself made the difference

November 13, 2018

Lauren Ryan (Chapel Hill Transit) started smoking socially in college and continued to smoke after graduation. Soon, Lauren married, and she and her husband planned to become pregnant. She quit smoking until her son was 17 months old.

Andy Colon: Motivated for Better Health

June 8, 2017

Andy Colon decided to quit his tobacco addiction and went all out to create a healthier lifestyle for himself. He changed the way he ate, exercised more and, of course, stopped smoking. A friend told him about the Wellness@Work Tobacco Cessation program and Andy loved the idea of getting the support to quit, as well as the convenience of meeting at his workplace. It gave him the “backbone for change.” The free medications and the incentive of $100 for remaining tobacco free for 6 months encouraged him to reach his goal.