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Wilma's Story

Wilma can’t point to a specific reason she started smoking cigarettes. Her siblings smoked, and by her early teens she was sneaking cigarettes from her sister — beginning an addiction that would last 30 years.

In her mid-forties, Wilma decided that she needed to stop smoking. After several unsuccessful attempts to quit in the past, Wilma quit for good in 2007. She threw out her lighters and ashtrays and started exercising more. She got advice from her doctor and used a prescription to help. She also got support through an online program. Today, at 49, she enjoys activities — and a lifestyle — she never dreamed of as a smoker.

Wilma is one of three people sharing practical tips on how to quit smoking for good in this ad from CDC's Tips From Former Smokers campaign.

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