Tyron Edwards: “Just Tired of Smoking”

October 15, 2014

Tyron Edwards, or T.Y., as he is known, entered the Wellness @ Work Tobacco Free Employee Program soon after it begin in fall 2011. He smoked between 1–2 packs of cigarettes per day, and had been smoking since he was 16 years old. He reported being “just tired of smoking.” Even with his readiness, he said that it was hard to do and he needed to put in the effort so he wouldn’t backslide.

Bob Pendergraph: “If At First You Don’t Succeed, Quit Again”

October 15, 2014

Although he was not pressured by his family to quit, he knew that quitting was the best thing for him and would help him to set a better example for his children and grandchildren. “Why do I need these cigarettes?” Pendergraph asked himself. “They are just a crutch.” Bob Pendergraph, an HVAC Mechanic who works … Continued

Claudia Sibila: “A Positive Influence is Important”

October 15, 2014

Her three pregnancies provided Sibila with motivation for being tobacco free. Yet, she found herself sliding back and smoking again after her children were born. She considered herself to be an on and off smoker, with periods of abstinence followed by periods of smoking, especially when she felt stressed or upset. Claudia Sibila, a medical … Continued

Ebony Carver Lawson: Freedom from Thinking About Smoking

October 15, 2014

Ebony joined the Tobacco Free Tar Heels program nearly two years ago. At that time, she had cut down on her smoking from more than a pack a day to just a few cigarettes, but she couldn’t seem to quit those last few. Her boyfriend was allergic to cigarette smoke and really didn’t like her … Continued

Paul Moss: Being Tobacco Free Saves $5 a Day

August 28, 2014

According to Paul, he was going through a divorce, which actually reduced his stress level. Also, he realized that he was spending at least $5/day on cigarettes and it would be a way to save a lot of money. In addition, being newly single, he discovered that the women he met didn’t want to date … Continued

Martha Killough: “Not Smoking Has Set Me Free”

August 28, 2014

Martha started smoking at age 14. Smoking cigarettes was a part of her daily routine for 36 years before she decided to give it up. “It was depressing to even think about quitting,” Martha said. “I just felt like it was going to be hard.” If you are a smoker or are close to someone … Continued