Smoking: Break It Off!

if there's one thing I can't stand, it's smoking. when I was a little girl I spent nearly a decade watching both of my parents -who were heavy smokers- struggle to quit, trying and failing over and over. it was heartbreaking.

I think the biggest deterrent for me though was when my dad woke me up early in the morning one day and showed me the tar he'd coughed up from his lungs into the toilet as they were clearing out. Believe me, if there's a reason to not smoke, that's it!

now that I'm an adult a lot of my friends are smokers -heck, even my boyfriend is a smoker- and even though I don't like watching them smoke, you can't make someone stop smoking. it's like when someone has a toxic boyfriend/girlfriend, even though you know you should say something, you know they have to figure it out on their own and make sure you're there for support when they do.

which is why I was so excited to be asked to be a part of the Break It Off! campaign with Twist Image and The Canadian Cancer Society! their approach -that smoking is like breaking up with someone- is something that I totally agree with, having seen my parents and some of my friends really struggle with quitting.

but you can't do it alone! That's why they've set up their website where you can get tips for quitting, become part of a Smoker's Helpline for those really rough times (hey, it happens!), and my personal fav -the smartphone app (iPhone users can go here) that helps you track when you get cravings, how you're feeling, what you're doing at the time, etc, to really give you insight into your own progress. plus you can log on and share your progress to help inspire other people who are going through the same thing, because let's be honest -breaking up can feel pretty isolating.

which is why I'm doubly excited to share with you that Tyrone has decided to 'break it off'! I'm really proud of him for using this opportunity to really do something to better his health and to help motivate others, so I'll be documenting his 'breaking up' process from both of our perspectives. so without further ado, here's our first vid:

so if you've even been considering quitting smoking, now is the time to do it! BREAK IT OFF!