Reed Dunn, Senior Recruitment Marketing Manager
I couldnt hardly walk 200 yards without being out of breath, Bill Redding says.
That was before the 45-year-old used the Quit For Life® Program and Chantix to overcome 30 years of being a smoker. Now the Marshall, Texas, resident goes on regular walks with his daughter without struggling to catch his breath.
Since I quit smoking Im not even out of breath, he said.
He joined the tobacco cessation program at no cost, because it was provided as a healthcare benefit by his employer, Great Plains Oilfield Rentals, an affiliate of Chesapeake Energy. It wasnt the service technicians first time to attempt quitting, and it wasnt even his first time in the Quit For Life® Program.
They have signs up in some of the offices that talk about the Quit For Life® Program, Bill said. I called about a year and a half ago, and I tried the patches. I failed miserably with the patches and even with the support, the addiction was still there.
Then he talked with a 64-year-old coworker who had successfully quit with the help of Chantix and the program. So, Bill gave it another shot. Not just for himself, but for his family.
I always promised my kids Id quit smoking, he said. Plus health issues high blood pressure, mostly it was just time for me to quit. But I couldnt do it by myself.
The Quit Coaches with the program were instrumental in Bills success, he says. Their constant support over the phone kept him going right up to and through his quit date, February 19, 2012.
The fact they would call and talk to you and encourage you, he said. I didnt have much support other than them. The ideas they give you on other things to do, aside from using tobacco, that helped quite a bit.
Aside from saving an estimated $150 a month on tobacco, Bill has experienced numerous other benefits. Perhaps the most important is a drastic improvement in his health. Six years ago he was in the hospital for high blood pressure, something that prompted his doctor to advise he quit using tobacco.
Since Ive quit smoking, my blood pressure is normal, he said. I feel good. I feel better about myself, and Im proud that Ive quit.
Would you like a success story like Bill'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 Quit For Life® Facebook Page.
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