Student Stories

“I was a smoker for almost 15 years, and just quit cold turkey... [Now,] I have more time, I’m running more, I feel less anxious, more relaxed. I feel better about myself.”

Cal State Fullerton Student

“You have to want to quit. It is something you can live without, you weren’t born smoking a cigarette, and you don’t have to die smoking one. Smoking is like a fixation. It helps being able to draw, something that replaces that need to have something in your hand. Find an outlet you can do. I cut back on drinking, that helps a lot with cigarettes; I don’t drink at all anymore.”

Art Institute Student

"My friend used to smoke cigarettes for 5 years. He quit cold turkey, it was too expensive. Now he won’t hangout or be with girls who smoke. Even now when we hang out he still has those urges... We try to keep him away from people who smoke."

Art Institute Student

“I was really always anxious because I was always trying to anticipate when my next cigarette was going to be… You’re constantly going through withdrawals; as soon as you put out that last cigarette you’re withdrawing until you get another cigarette.”

Cal State Fullerton Student

When asked about the benefits of quitting smoking, one student said, “I don’t have to worry about walking into a classroom and smelling like smoke, or spending $7 a day, the list is endless.”

Santa Ana College Student

“The best way to quit is to never start.”

Santa Ana College Student