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EFFORTS Quitsters Group

Stop Smoking....Join Quitsters!! We can help.*

These pages are dedicated to the folks that have quit smoking while a member of EFFORTS, the most recent as shown below. This page is maintained by EFFORTS member Joan Esposito at joan.esposito@verizon.net or Gary Bain at 1efforts@emphysema.net

Name Quit Date
Janice Whitehead 10/29/01
Wanda Wright 11/01/01
John Gillikin 11/04/01
Peggy Porterfield 11/20/01
Kathleen Lukas 11/28/01
Annie Martin 11/20/01
Marci Schachter 12/25/01
Marsha Tomlinson 12/25/01



Name Quit Date
Sandy Ozanich 01/12/02
Howard Scott 02/13/02
Charlotte Hyman 05/15/02
Angela Tomlin 05/29/02
Clyman Izard 07/24/02
Carolyn Marx 08/15/02
Darren Poulton 09/01/02
William Quillin 09/11/02
Jude Lillie 10/27/02
Karen Larson 10/28/02
Carol McClintock 11/04/02
Name Quit Date
Colette Gill 01/01/03
Doris Driscoll 04/01/03
Jackie Able 05/14/03
Ruth B.  
Becky Finley  
John K. Powers  
Marci Schacter  
Nan Ehemann  
Carol Blawas  



Name Quit Date
Marianne Lyvers 02/18/04
Wayne Hull 03/07/04
Patrick James 04/04/04
Rita Watts 06/19/04
Ann King 09/14/04
Alberta Neville 09/28/04
Barb Dodin 10/01/04
Ruth Gustavson 09/29/04
Ann Jennings 10/05/04
Nina Simon 11/08/04
Janice Haas** 12/02/04
Monte Miller 12/17/04



Name Quit Date
Pat Robinson 01/02/05
Sandra Karimi 02/23/05
Mary Louise Zalatan 03/29/05
Kathleen Mulcahy 04/01/05
Clare Lester 05/05/05
Nina Simon 0516/05
Jo Ann Sasali 06/01/05
Peggy Porterfield** 07/15/05
Karen Craswell 08/02/05
Ann Jennings** 07/29/05
Marge Sebert 11/15/05
Kathy Keys 12/19/05



Name Quit Date
Helen Marris 01/01/06
Carol Stapleton 01/01/06
Bruce Abolafia 01/12/06
Lois Greenwald 01/16/06
Marianne Bliley 01/16/06
Deborah Vickers 02/02/06
Beth Amundsen 04/15/06
Ruth Heaton 05/04/06
Janice Haas*** 05/14/06
Jeanne Pate 05/27/06
Marge Sebert** 05/27/06
Meggie Bevins 05/29/06
Elizabeth Faas 05/29/06
Ann Culley 06/09/06
*Nancy Cote 06/11/06
*Lois Greenwald 06/16/06
*Carol Stapleton** 07/16/06

* Hasn't reached graduation date yet.
**Two time graduate
***Three time graduate

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It is the most important way to show their commitment by accepting the fact that their smoking is an addiction that is harmful to themselves and can result only in further complication of their disease.

We realize that this may not be the first time they quit, but hopefully the last.

Download the Stop Smoking eBook in HTML
Download the Stop Smoking eBook in PDF

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Quitsters in Progress

see above list of Quitsters

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Those Learning and Prepping for their Quit

Bruce Abolafia Ginny Baldwin
Lee Bowman Karen Craswell
Patti Dicken Cindy Faye
Jane Gibson Sherry Heller
Wayne Hyder Linda James
David Kelty Susan Kleese
Rosemary Larkin Mary Lewis
Monica Lynn Karen McCreary
Nancy Millsap Kathleen Owen
Katina Slade James Slocumb
Jessie Williams Bonnie Yates


To track your success in money and time added to your life, go to: Silkquit and download to your hard drive. Have fun!

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Want to Join QUITSTERS?  You MUST be a member of EFFORTS. Just go to http://www.emphysema.net/lists.html and fill out the form.

Also see:


Other Important information about tobacco


Some Facts About Smoking and What It Can Do For/Against You


  • Within 20 minutes of your last cigarette, your blood pressure and heart rate drop to normal!
  • Within 8 hours of your last cigarette, the carbon monoxide level in your blood drops and oxygen levels in your blood increase to normal!
  • Within 24 hours of your last cigarette, your chance of heart attack decreases!
  • Within 48 hours of your last cigarette, your sense of taste and smell increase!
  • Within 72 hours of your last cigarette, your bronchial tubes relax, making breathing easier, and your lung capacity increases!
  • Within 2 to 12 weeks, coughing, sinus congestion and shortness of breath decrease, your lungs' ability to clean themselves and ward off infection increases!
  • After 5 years, for average smokers, the rate of death from lung cancer is nearly cut in half!
  • After 10 years, the lung cancer death rate is nearly the same as that for non-smokers! Pre-cancerous cells are replaced and the chance of developing cancer of the mouth, larynx, esophagus, bladder, kidney and pancreas also decreases!

    Health & Safety Update - You Can Quit If You Want!
    Some Thoughts About Quitting Smoking

    Breaking your smoking habit is the single most important change you can make for better health. In fact, there is no longer any speculation about it: Recent evidence proves that smoking damages lung tissue. But, of the 45 million American smokers, each year, 70% want to quit, 34% try to quit, but only 3% succeed. Why do so many want to quit but so few succeed? If you really want to stop smoking, you can. If you are trying to quit because you think you should, you won't be successful.

    There are lots of reasons people don't try to quit. Some people think they just can't do it. Others smoke to relax or deal with stress. Some people are afraid of gaining weight. For still others, its just a really hard to kick habit.
    When your are ready, you CAN do it. However, you will have to decide for yourself when the time is right; when smoking is no longer worth the risks. Throughout this section of Healthy News, we will provide you with information about smoking; the health risks involved, how to decide if you are ready to quit, and how to break your smoking habit when you are ready. So, if you haven't quit because of some of the reasons mentioned above or other reasons of your own, maybe we can help you get over the hurdles that are stopping you from stopping.


    So, what is really happening when you smoke? The truth of the matter is that smoking impacts your entire body:

    Cigarette smoke causes inflammation of the lungs that can lead to chronic bronchitis. The cilia that line the lungs and sweep inhaled pollutants out of the lungs are destroyed by smoking. Once cilia are destroyed, the body creates more mucus to trap inhaled pollutants. Then it must get rid of this extra mucus, causing "smoker's cough."

    Over time, the elasticity of lung tissue may be destroyed causing emphysema. Cells in the lungs may begin to change from long-term exposure to the harmful gases in cigarette smoke, resulting in lung cancer. The carbon monoxide (CO) in cigarette smoke attaches more easily to red blood cells than oxygen. When the heart does not get enough oxygen, muscle damage takes place and can result in heart attack.

    The nicotine in cigarettes increases your heart rate and blood pressure, making your heart work harder.
    Nicotine narrows your arteries, reducing circulation to all parts of your body, which also increases your blood pressure, and your risk of a heart attack or stroke. Diabetics who smoke are at even great risk for circulatory complications.
    Smoking has also been linked to other types of cancer, such as breast or bladder cancer.


    Smoking is more than just a habit. Nicotine, the drug in tobacco, is physically addicting. The 1988 Surgeon General's Report reports the following:

    Nicotine affects the body in different ways. The smoker experiences pleasurable feelings that make him or her want to smoke more. In stressful situations, it can have an affect like a tranquilizer, while during quiet times it can act as a stimulant.
    Nicotine inhaled deeply reaches the brain in 10 seconds. When a person smokes regularly, nicotine levels in the body accumulate and have an impact on the body 24 hours a day. When an individual becomes addicted to nicotine then quits smoking, he or she suffers very real physical and psychological symptoms of withdrawal, including: nervousness, headaches, irritability and difficulty sleeping. In addition, because nicotine affects the chemicals in the brain, it can affect the mood and disposition of the smoker.

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