Mother's Day inspirations: quit smoking stories from moms*

Moms deserve to be celebrated for everything they do—quitting smoking included. For our part, we are sharing our favorite stories from moms supporting What's Your Why?™ Read on to see their dedication to family and their powerful reasons for being smoke-free.

"My 'why' is my 9-month-old son. He is a very smart little guy and doesn't miss a thing, so when he SEES me with a cigarette, he stares at me very hard. I do not want him to see me smoking and to think that it is normal and okay to do."

— Stacie, Age 26

"My oldest daughter, who is 9 years old, is my reason. She was born at 25 weeks and seeing someone so small fighting to stay alive meanwhile I was killing myself made me snap back into reality."

— Stephanie, Age 29

"I quit smoking because I became a mom to a wonderful son who had a rough childhood. His freshman year of high school, I watched him take the football field in his first high school football game and I said to myself I need to quit smoking because this kid needs me around. Smoke free going on 3 years and I am so glad I quit!!"

— Cynthia, Age 46

"I quit smoking over a year ago. My reason was my son. He barely wanted to hug me because he smelled the cigarettes on me and in my clothes. After I quit, he started hugging me again. Best reason ever!"

— Christine, Age 39

"I have two young children. My son is five and my daughter is five months. I need to be their example. I do not ever want them to see me smoking as they might think it's okay, and it's not…Every day my kids are my motivation, and my reason to never light up again…Quitting is hard but worth it, you'll feel amazing."

— Stephanie, Age 37

"My why is my adorable pure-hearted little 7-year-old boy, who tells me every day to stop smoking. I need to do this, not just for him, but to prove to myself that I really actually can take on something of this magnitude and succeed. I'm just so scared to take that first jump and actually say, 'I'm quitting.'"

— Kelly, Age 40

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