Reed Dunn, Senior Recruitment Marketing Manager
Sheila Woods was no stranger to quitting tobacco.
A smoker for more than three decades, Sheila had tried to quit several times in the past. But she always returned to tobacco.
I decided smoking was getting in the way of being a mother, the mom of three said of her earliest quit. I quit for eight years. I just did that cold turkey, but I always enjoyed the smell of cigarette smoke. Eight years later, we were at a concert outdoors, and a friend of mine was smoking
Needless to say, Sheila found herself reaching for cigarettes, again.
When Steelcase began offering the Quit For Life® Program to eligible employees, Sheila, an Operations Manager based in Grand Rapids, Mich., enrolled in the companys free benefit.
For the most part, it was really society and my feeling that smokers are just outcasts more and more so everywhere, Sheila said of her decision to quit this time. The state of Michigan also had banned smoking indoors.
Its one thing if youre in Florida and have to smoke outside. But when youre in Michigan in January, its a different thing.
There were several other factors, including the upcoming wedding of her oldest daughter, a tobacco surcharge Steelcase was implementing on her insurance plan and other external pressures, that led to her ultimate decision to join the program.
I started smoking at 16 to be cool and in the in crowd, she said. At 49, I realized Im one of the only ones smoking.
Sheila set a Quit Date for April 12, 2011, and she has been tobacco free since that date.
That week, I was really having a bad week, she said of her quit week. I called the Coaches and asked what other kinds of support there was, and they told me about the gum and nicotine patches.
She reached out to get nicotine patches, which are offered as part of the Quit For Life® Program offering from Steelcase. Still, the quit wasnt easy.
I went through a month of hell, Sheila said. The phone calls were really what kept me going. They were a lot more helpful and valuable to me than I thought they would be.
The Quit For Life® Programs Quit Coaches had helped Sheila set a Quit Date that was specific to her individual tobacco use and desire to quit. They also were there for her during the difficult weeks that followed her quit.
I did not look forward to those phone calls, but in retrospect they were probably the best part of me quitting.
Having successfully quit using the Quit For Life® Program, Sheila has even inspired a couple of other Steelcase employees to jump on board and enroll in the program. She said the program made a big difference in her quit success this time.
I would definitely advise anybody to go through the program, she said. I did find it to be extremely helpful. Look at all of the things available through the program and be prepared when the date comes.
Would you like a success story like Sheila's? To enroll in the Quit For Life® Program and gain access to Quit Coaches and free nicotine patches or gum to assist with your quit, call 1-866-QUIT-4-LIFE (1-866-784-8454), or visit quitnow.net. For helpful quit tips, preparation advice, and to meet others like you, visit the