The following images of the ex-smokers in Learning to Quit were created by John Harding. Sonya Hotchkiss"Every time the craving came, I would count backward from eight to zero, and by the time I got to zero, the desire was totally gone. My mind was blocked; it could not think about cigarettes" Yan Spruzina"I started to smell the smell of the sea, for the first time in ten years, and then I started to remember to expand my way to the freedom" Bill Andrews"If you are young, in high school, just starting college, and all you're friends smoke, you need to get new friends. Don’t fall prey to peer pressure. In fact, you should be the peer putting the pressure on others not to smoke" Pete Anastole"I started walking in parks, places that I never would have stopped to look at before. Walking gave me a sense of progress. I could walk up a couple of hills the first week. After a while, I could go up three, four, five hills without stopping" Barbara Vos"Now am I beginning to know what it really feels like to be relaxed. Smoking is the fool’s relaxation" Bill Johnson"Now my son calls me; he and I have a relationship" Jenny Bender"The realisation and actualisation of being in control of myself and my life is incredibly freeing. I feel proud of myself when I am out, and people offer me cigarettes and I say, “I don’t smoke.” I love being able to say that. I feel free, I feel healthier" Roger Sako"I think half of the reason that people don’t believe that smoking is bad is because you’re fine for a long time" Sandy Bass"Two months after quitting, when I finally started feeling better, I was surprised at how much better I felt" Ruth Carsch"I have recovered well, and I feel very lucky. That was a wake-up call for me, and everything was a gift from that point forward" Ernie Ring"After my second heart attack, my wife insisted that I quit smoking, and her reasoning was solid: only a fool would continue to smoke after two cardiac events" Andrew Ficaro"I didn’t like what it was doing to me, it didn’t make me feel good. So I was doing something that was obviously terrible to myself and I didn’t enjoy it" Doyle Goodwin"The last capstone to the fountain of ability and freedom was removed. I don’t have to be the guy standing outside the doorway, hunched over in the rain, puffing on a cigarette. I don’t have to worry about where, what, and how I’m going to smoke" Joyce LaveyCigarettes helped me isolate. Now, there isn’t that barrier. Now I turn to people for support more than in the past. I’m more genuine, more honest with people, and honest with myself. Linda McNicoll"If you have the urge to stop smoking, go with it. It is really important, and you will feel really good about yourself when you do it. It is a big accomplishment" Mary Nordseth"Once the tobacco and chemicals were withdrawn, I was free to be more of who I am" Mary Adams"I celebrate every day; I buy lottery tickets; I just feel happy that I don’t smoke; I really do" Marsha Akins and Jerome Davis"It is much harder to live with smoking than it is to live without smoking" Bill SpangenbergI look at quitting smoking as getting rid of a bad thing and expanding the good things I already have. I spend more time learning things. I have become more social. Clearance Brown"In life, you’re always going to have spots of brown grass around. But if you cultivate it right, it can turn green" Chauncey McLorin"By stopping smoking and saving my own life, I’m not hurting anybody anymore. Not smoking, not hurting my child, makes me a better parent. Your kids are a product of you. If your parents smoke, you grow up to smoke. If my daughter sees me smoking, she’ll want to smoke"