Personal stories by category:
Last 5 personal stories

Friends and family
Young people
Dependency / Withdrawal
Quitting methods
Health / Wellbeing
Tobacco Industry / Society

To contribute your own story, click here

You can:

  • Read the personal stories (sorted by category in the menu on the left).
  • Share your own experience in the format of your choice:
  • Search the stories for a particular keyword
Personal story of the day

Agnes (30 year) - Nationality: French - February 15, 2005

"Here I am, face to face with reality, face to face with my stupidity. Here I am, and I don't understand. The worst thing that cigarettes contain is Addiction, as that takes away your free will, your determination and even a part of your personality, which is burned away without you realizing it in those puffs of pleasure! The cigarette is the partner of all the difficult moments that will always be there. The need for a cigarette is deeply embedded in our lungs when life gets us down, when stress overwhelms us, when boredom overcomes us, when our senses are heightened, when fear strikes us, when our cravings become intolerable, when the force of habit is too strongThis loyal friend could be there until our dying moments, until our last gasp on our death bed. This family member, this companion, fills our brain with so much smoke that we can no longer do anything without it we are afraid of living without it instead of with it. Here I am, face to face with myself, face to face with the distressing reality, but I am full of hope and I say NO to this poisonous partnership."