Beatrice’s Story

Beatrice, age 40, is the mother of two boys and lives in New York. She tried her first cigarette at age 7, her second at 11, and then began smoking regularly when she was 13. She had friends who smoked, and she wanted to be “cool” like them.

More than 25 years later, Beatrice still smoked. She was not a heavy smoker and had not been diagnosed with any smoking—related health problems, but she wanted to quit. Her family also wanted her to quit. Although she had tried many times before, in 2010, Beatrice quit for good. She encourages anyone who wants to quit smoking to do it—but to get help if they need it.

Beatrice’s Videos


Beatrice, a former smoker, got a letter from her son that changed her life and led her to finally quit smoking for good in 2010. In these commercials and extended videos, Beatrice tells her story and encourages anyone who wants to quit smoking to do it—but to get help if they need it.

Beatrice’s Story
Beatrice’s son, Nick, wrote her a letter urging her to quit smoking. In this video from CDC’s Tips From Former Smokers® campaign, she tells how this act of love gave her the courage to end a lifelong habit.
Beatrice: “I Told Everyone I Stopped Smoking”
Beatrice describes some of the techniques she used to recognize and avoid her smoking triggers that helped her to quit smoking. Even though it was hard to do, by making a plan and sticking to it, she beat her addiction to cigarettes and stopped smoking for good. This video is part of CDC’s campaign, Tips From Former Smokers®.
Cessation Tips Ad
You can quit smoking! This inspiring TV ad features Beatrice, James and Wilma — three people who successfully quit smoking after many years. They share their practical tips on how to quit for good in this commercial from CDC’s Tips From Former Smokers® campaign.

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Beatrice’s Biography


Beatrice, the mother of two boys, lives in New York. She tried her first cigarette at age 7, her second at 11, and then began smoking regularly when she was 13. She had friends who smoked, and she wanted to be “cool” like them.

Beatrice

More than 25 years later, Beatrice still smoked. She was not a heavy smoker and had not been diagnosed with any smoking-related health problems, but she wanted to quit. Her family also wanted her to quit. Although she had tried many times before, in 2010 Beatrice quit for good.

“When my son was 11, he wrote me a letter in which he asked me to quit smoking,” says Beatrice. “And when I was going through the process of quitting, that letter was very motivating for me. I want to be here for my family.”

A half-pack-a-day smoker, Beatrice says quitting was difficult and that she needed help. She used patches and other medicines to help ease withdrawal symptoms, and she would always look at her son’s letter if she needed an extra reminder of her reasons for staying smoke-free.

Beatrice, now 40, has more energy than when she smoked, and she cooks more—because food tastes so much better. She encourages anyone who wants to quit smoking to do it—but to get help if they need it. Beatrice found additional support online from friends who encouraged her to stay smoke-free, as well as from her family. “You’re going to need support, because it’s not always easy,” she says, “but the main thing is, you really have to want to quit.”

On her participation in the Tips From Former Smokers® campaign, Beatrice says, “I want to offer hope to people that it is possible for you to join the ranks of nonsmokers.”

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