Vermont Couples Quit Smoking, Keep Romance Burning

Statewide Couples Prove That Quitting Together Improves Chances of Success

For immediate release:
February 13, 2003

News Media Contacts: Nancy Erickson
Vermont Department of Health
Megan Lawrence
Kelliher Samets Volk

This Valentine’s Day, couples across Vermont are expressing their love for each other in ways other than chocolates or flowers. They are supporting each other to stay smoke-free, ultimately improving their health and boosting their relationships.

Couples such as Aaron and Debbie Juaire of Jeffersonville are amazed by the effect that not smoking has on their wallets and the opportunities that they can now afford. Aaron and Debbie calculated that they will save $6,000 this year alone! They are currently putting the money towards renovating their master bathroom — complete with an antique vanity, a clawfoot tub, and marble floors. Aaron also plans to purchase a snowmobile next winter.

Sandy and Sebastian Perea of Brattleboro also recognize the financial rewards of being smoke-free. They are putting the money that they would have spent on cigarettes towards their monthly payments on a new car. Additionally, their success quitting smoking has proven to them the power of their love and the positive impact they can have on each other.

“I don’t think I could have quit if my husband was still smoking,” said Sandy Perea. “It’s tougher for me than for him, but we’ve come so far and I don’t want to disappoint him.”

While the benefits to quitting smoking are clear — you improve your health, your finances and your relationship — quitting smoking is still tough. According to the American Cancer Society, it typically takes smokers five to seven quit attempts before successfully quitting. However, when smokers use a combination of anti-smoking resources — the toll-free Vermont Quit Line (1-877-937-7848), cessation classes or nicotine replacements like the patch or gum — they can double their chance of success.

In addition to using cessation resources, couples across the state are proving that when you quit as a team, you can kick the habit for good. Couples support each other where it counts — at home where familiar routines can lead to breakdowns.

“When couples make a commitment together to quit smoking and use a combination of anti-smoking resources, they are on the track to success,” said Karen Garbarino, tobacco control chief at the Vermont Department of Health. Individuals and couples who want to quit smoking should call the Vermont Quit Line at 1-877-YES-QUIT (1-877-937-7848) to learn about the various cessation programs in their community.