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Quitting Smoking
Quitting Smoking

Learn Contractions and Abbreviations

Date: Feb 03 2012

Themes: Health

Grammar: Contractions and Abbreviations


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It’s easy to start smoking. But quitting is a different story. Many people want to quit smoking for their health, their skin or their families. But it takes a lot of willpower to stick to it.

There are a lot of different tools and methods to help people quit smoking. Hear Amy tell Marni about one of the strangest methods she’s heard of for quitting smoking.



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Amy:  I just heard of the craziest way to quit smoking.

Marni:  Really? Do tell.

Amy:  A good friend of mine was hypnotized.

Marni:  Really?

Amy:  Yes! And she really believes that it has worked. I mean, she hasn’t had a cigarette in six months.

Marni:  Was she a smoker for long? I mean, was she really…

Amy:  Years and years, yes.

Marni:  Wow. OK. That’s fascinating. You know, I know a lot of people who have quit smoking, a lot of friends and family. And they’ve all tried various methods, but I have actually never known anyone who’s done hypnosis, so I think that’s really interesting. I mean I’ve had friends who’ve gone cold turkey, which…I just really admire them, because they stuck to it, and I know it was hard.

Amy:  Do you think some of those tools can help, like the patch or that kind of thing?

Marni:  You know, I think it’s probably just dependent on the person, and I think some people have a strong willpower and a real desire to quit. And I’ve known people who have literally been like, “This is stupid,” and stopped and never gone back. But then I’ve known people that have also needed a patch or, you know, have used those fake cigarettes, those electronic ones, for that hand-to-mouth contact, to sort of ween them off that. And the whole thing is just very fascinating to me. I have to be honest, it makes me really grateful that I was never a smoker.

Amy:  Definitely.


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Amy tells Marni about a friend of hers who was hypnotized in order to quit smoking. She was a smoker for many years, but it’s now been six months since she had a cigarette.

Marni says she knows many people who have tried to quit smoking. They’ve tried lots of different methods, from using fake cigarettes to going cold turkey. She thinks it takes a lot of willpower and a strong desire to quit smoking.

Have you ever tried to quit smoking? What advice would you give someone who wanted to stop smoking?



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i used to smoke a lot during my college days. i still wonder why i started, might be i had a group they all were smokers and got myself trapped into that thing. fortunately i have quit it completely i started going to gym and since then i haven’t had a cigrette. 

the best way to quit smoking is gyming. this way you will never think of smoking.

05:19 AM Sep 20 2014 |




I was a smoker since I was 12 years old and quit 16 years later. Believe me, please do not try it. Once you are addicted, it is very difficult to quit. I have tried and managed to quit after the third attempts.

12:01 AM Aug 25 2012 |

marija luiza


Well, to be honest, I’m not a smoker yet. I think the best way to quit smoking is never try. 

My piece of advice is that if you want to try, it would be better never try, but if you are a smoker, you just have to have a lot of willpower and say that is too bad for my health and not just for my, it affect to my friends and family how is near of me

07:33 PM Aug 05 2012 |


Syrian Arab Republic

I used to smoke for 7 years but I ceased about 18 months ago and I’m so much happy I did it

09:53 PM Feb 23 2012 |

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Nicte ha

Nicte ha



Go on!!

Keep smoking!!!!!

07:01 PM Feb 23 2012 |



Russian Federation

I had been smoking for 5 years until I graduated the university and left the student camp. It was easy for me to quit smoking, maybe I wasn’t a real smoker. 

02:57 PM Feb 19 2012 |


South Korea

haha once i was a smoker

It’s very hard to quit smoking

05:13 AM Feb 16 2012 |

Nicte ha

Nicte ha


For many ppl, to stop smoking means to decrease the anxiety, distress or calm down for a while, but the damage in health is extremely serious….

It seems that the cigarette is your only friend in troubles, and the only one who understand you, but be sure, it will bill the invoice very expensive trhough ur body when the time passes.

Among others, the cigarette contains:
acetone, methanol, nicotine, carbon monoxide, tar, mercury, lead, butane, phenol, ammonia, and arsenic (poison).

For example, the tar sticks to the lungs, the skin loses its smoothness and becomes rough, the theeth turn in yellow, the hair and eyes lose their shine, besides, the alveolos are not renewable… If you smoke you will have cancer, and even u could get death.Frown


04:09 PM Feb 08 2012 |

La Princesse de la vie


Mainly, It’s a big mistake to start smoking with the exact awareness of its dangers for our health and for people around us.

For me, I’ve never smoked and I’ll never do that for my life. 

For those who still smoke, I think they must quit smoking as quickly as they can and by trying every helping way with that and I can see so many helping ways to lead them to quit , but surely they can’t do that without a strong willpower from inside.

01:32 AM Feb 07 2012 |



i don’t smoke,and never wanted to give it a try either;)

03:56 PM Feb 06 2012 |

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well, I’m a smoker but this doesn’t mean that I don’t care about my ealth. I can’t live without run for three days or going by bycicle. I’m a blood donor since I was 19 and I have a healthy diet.

Thaking God since today I haven’t had healthy problems.

Perhaps one day I’ll give up as I’ve already done in the past, but for now I don’t feel ready for this. 

01:58 PM Feb 06 2012 |




Julissita,   I think that we all have had the same experience the first cigarette  we smoked, it was horrible  ,I was nauseas  and sweatting .You were intelligent  to stop right away . 

01:22 PM Feb 06 2012 |




my father smokes too .all of us know ,smoking does harm to bodies .my mother and iask my father to quiz smoking .but he said that it was really really hard .what should ido ?

12:31 AM Feb 06 2012 |

Takao Niimi


I agree that smoking is bad for health and I never try to smoke.

But sometimes I envy smokers.

Due to smoking area is limited in Japanese Company, then smokers can get to know each other very easily.

Sometimes they exchange confidential information beyond their titles and that is an very big advantage as business man.

10:20 PM Feb 05 2012 |




well actualy i’ve tried it once and i didn’t do it again.my dad used to smoke but he quit almost 20 years ago because it was make him sick,till now he is suffering from smoke damage.

09:08 PM Feb 05 2012 |




i’ve never smoke, and i think that is very dificul for everyone stop smoking

07:52 PM Feb 05 2012 |




i don’t smoke, but I think it must be very difficult to stop smoking….

07:01 PM Feb 05 2012 |




i don’t smoke :)

05:39 PM Feb 05 2012 |



Iran, Islamic Republic Of

Smoking is destroying!

It is what I believe about the issue.



04:22 PM Feb 05 2012 |




I have never smoked and I know I won’t but I can imagine how hard it is to quit. I live with my uncle who is smoker. He can burn 2 packs of cigarettes a day, it’s terrible! Now I know that He never quit smoking because He hasn’t a strong will power…actually He doesn’t even want it and that scares me the most.

04:08 PM Feb 05 2012 |

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