If you've ever struggled with any kind of addiction, even if it's just coffee, then you know how hard it can be to quit, especially with something as highly addictive as nicotine. There's nothing quite like inspiration to make a person feel like it can be done and Kendra H. of Hamden, N.Y. is one such inspiration with her journey to quit smoking. According to the New York State Smokers’ Quitline, despite great challenges in her life in 2020, Kendra became nicotine-free with help from the New York State Smokers’ Quitline.

Kendra H. (Credit: New York State Smokers’ Quitline)

At 22 years old, Kendra (pictured right), had been smoking cigarettes since the age of 13 but due to multiple stressors this past year, became a much heavier smoker and was concerned about it potentially affecting her health. She decided to quit and called the Quitline.

Kendra had help from Quitline coaches, free nicotine patches and nicotine gum to help her with her success in quitting. Kendra says, "their Quit Coaches were especially helpful in terms of how to navigate cravings and handling the initial detox of quitting. Having a support system like this is so important. It’s empowering to have someone to acknowledge what you’re doing and to support your physical and mental health.”

As an added possible concern related to smoking, according to the CDC, those who smoke, suffer more severe effects if infected with the coronavirus. The Quitline recommends that tobacco and vape-product users consult a healthcare professional as part of a nicotine-free journey.

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The Quitline’s Quit Coaches are available seven days a week beginning at 9 a.m. by calling 1-866-NY-QUITS (1-866-697-8487) beginning at 9 a.m. or by visiting www.nysmokefree.com and requesting a call.

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