"I feel like I can't quit"

Q: My friends started vaping a few months ago, and then I did, too. But now I feel like I can’t stop, and I need help quitting before I go to camp.

A: My efforts to stop smoking had never lasted very long. For me, it was cigarettes. But like you, once I got started, it was hard to stop.

When I was only seven, I began sneaking cigarettes from my mom’s supply, which she kept for guests to enjoy when they came to play cards. As a teenager, I got permission to smoke in front of my parents, though they never bought cigarettes for me. Neither of my parents smoked, but I loved identifying with all the pretty movie stars who did. 

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