‘Be a Quitter’ like Judy

Judy used to be a smoker, but she quit and so can you!

As a contact center representative in the Norton Healthcare Access Center, Judy Powell arranges referrals to primary care physicians and specialists, and assists with registration for health-related seminars and classes.

Judy used to be a smoker, but she quit and so can you!

The Great American Smokeout is celebrated nationally as a way for smokers to quit for at least one day.

In the following Q&A, Judy shares a few tips to encourage you to make the commitment to quit for good.

Why did you decide to become a nonsmoker? 
Smoking controlled my life … I was always thinking about the next cigarette. It was very much of an inconvenience, and I thought of all the money I was spending to kill myself.

When did you quit?
The last cigarette I had was Dec. 5, 2005. That was the day I was operated on for lung cancer. The surgeon removed one-third of my upper lung. I was very lucky it was found so early. My mother died of lung cancer at age 67.

What strategies did you use to quit? 
I was in the first or one of the first smoking cessation classes offered in the Norton Healthcare system. It was very helpful. I also used the lozenges. I was determined to quit.

What advice do you have for others who are trying to quit? 
Make a list of all the good things in your life you can have without smoking. Keep trying and don’t give up.

What do you think are the main benefits to quitting? 
I wanted to be around to see my grandchildren grow up. I wanted to smell good; smoking has a very bad odor. All my friends are nonsmokers, so quitting smoking is probably the best thing I could have done for myself, my family and my friends. Now I can be around my grandchildren and have fun. No time for smoking ’cause I’m having too much fun!

How do you feel now that you are tobacco-free?
I feel good. I’m free from the control smoking had on my life. I have more money in my pocket. Most of all, I feel healthy. It’s awesome to be a nonsmoker. I would never pick up a cigarette again.

Did you know?

Within 12 hours of quitting the carbon monoxide level in your blood drops to normal, and within one year your risk of coronary heart disease is cut in half. Check out this illustration from the Department of Health and Human Services to learn how your decision to quit smoking can put you on the path to a healthier you within 20 minutes.

To determine your lung cancer risk, complete a quick risk assessment. It’s that simple. A thoracic patient navigator will contact you to review your completed risk assessment, or for more information, call (502) 629-LUNG (5864).


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