The Nicotine Diaries Week One: Journeys Through Cessation

The decision to quit smoking is a very personal decision. And most tobacco treatment specialists will tell you that a tobacco user has to make the choice on their own. No one can choose to quit smoking for you.

Linda Morris, RRT, CTTS, tobacco treatment specialist at ProMedica Toledo Hospital, leads tobacco cessation support groups throughout the year. A new session began in early November, and one brave participant has offered to share her journey with us through a series of journal entries.

This week, Morris asked participant Arlene to consider this question: What were some of the deciding factors that brought you to the tobacco cessation group?

This week, Morris asked her group to consider this question: What were some of the deciding factors that brought you to the tobacco cessation group?

Here’s what they had to say.

Week One


“First and foremost, my granddaughter means the world to me. Her mother (my daughter) recently quit smoking, so the only smoke she is exposed to is mine. And she lets me know that! For the last couple weeks she has asked me more than once when my classes to quit smoking start.

The second reason is that I don’t enjoy going outside to smoke when it’s cold and windy. With winter on its way, I’m anxious to quit.

Another motivator is that I’ve smoked since I was a teenager, but heart problems and cancer both run in my family. I have strong concerns about my health. Neither my mother nor my father lived as long as I have. I want to live to see my grandson and granddaughter mature to adults.

Also, I can’t shovel snow, and I have trouble walking up more than a few steps.

Maybe by quitting I will influence my nephews to quit smoking.

The fact of the matter is, I have tried support groups, online support groups, the Ohio Quitline, and I have had the greatest success with the personal interaction of a group of ‘real’ people.”


“I have tried Chantix, Wellbutrin, acupuncture, hypnosis, patches, and lozenges. I have smoked since I was 12 years old. 

I took Linda’s class two years ago and quit for a year and a half — the ONLY time in my life I went that long without a cigarette. Her approach is multifaceted and therefore beneficial. There are specific steps with preparation toward each step, which includes group support, Linda’s knowledge and experience, and weekly measurement of carbon monoxide levels. It’s a great program. 

I came back because I fell off the wagon and then my world came crashing down, and I gave myself all kinds of excuses to continue smoking. Things are leveling out, and I’m recovering from recent challenges so I want to get back to the fabulous feeling I experienced being a non- smoker.”


“The factor that that brought me to a cessation group is because on my own, I found it to be too difficult.  Due to my age and health problems I want to increase the longevity and quality of my life. I would like to take power over this addiction.”

If you’d like to share a few words of encouragement with these smoking cessation group members, please leave a comment below. You can also follow their tobacco cessation journeys with us, as they share their progress over the next few weeks.