Jeff Smith smoked one pack of cigarettes a day for 33 years. He attempted to quit smoking several times in the past but unfortunately always started up again, until an internet search led him to Smokers’ Helpline. “My health was failing and I had developed chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), as well as a chronic cough,” explained Jeff. “It was at this point that I decided to quit smoking for good.”

Jeff Smith, three years smoke-free

Jeff Smith, three years smoke-free

After Jeff made his final decision to quit smoking, the 49 year old IT consultant from Chatham chose to use the online tools offered on the Smokers’ Helpline website. “Smokers’ Helpline was a great way to help me quit smoking and     receive much needed support,” said Jeff. “It provided me with the tools and advice I needed to quit once and for all, as well as with the opportunity to share my experience with others and in turn help them out.”

Smokers’ Helpline is a free, confidential service operated by the Canadian  Cancer Society offering support and information about quitting smoking and tobacco  use. Since 2001, Smokers’ Helpline quit coaches have provided more than 100,000 Canadians with proven tips and tools to help them successfully quit smoking. The service is personalized, non-judgmental, and is available over the phone at 1-877-513-5333 and online at smokershelpline.ca.

Today, Jeff has been smoke free for 3 years and enjoys helping others through Smokers’ Helpline’s online community. He visits smokershelpline.ca to make a daily pledge to stay smoke free and encourages others to do the same. In addition to his perseverance to quit smoking, he credits the inspirational and helpful emails and text messages he received from Smokers’ Helpline for his success.

“Quitting smoking is a complete change in your lifestyle and so it is essential for people to use services like Smokers’ Helpline to keep their addiction at bay,” stated Jeff. “It is about people helping each other – you are strangers, yet you are able to support one another. I truly believe that the decision to quit smoking is one you have to make on your own and you need to be one hundred percent committed to it.”

Smokers’ Helpline is supported by funds raised at Relay For Life. It’s through the generous support of Relay participants and donors that the Society is able to offer this free service that helps so many people.

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