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David’s story

Hasn’t used tobacco since: October 2009

 

“I keep Elain’s card in my desk and my wallet just in case.
I know that if I ever call her, just hearing her voice settles me down.
Nothing has been as personable as the clinic at Baylor.”

— David

 


 

David walked by the same co-worker very day, and eventually her comments wore him down. Coincidentally, these exchanges occurred during his long-awaited cigarette breaks.

“All she would say is, ‘You know you need to stop that,’” David says. “Every time she saw me she would say this.

“About a month before I came to see Elain, I thought, ‘She’s right; I do need to stop. I can do this.’”

After all, it was something David had done before. After 17 years of smoking, David hadn’t smoked for seven years. About three years after starting up again, he sought Benton’s help.

His co-worker’s urgings, coupled with advice from TAMHSC-BCD’s dental students during his appointments, prompted David to try the TAMHSC-BCD cessation clinic. After using a combination of the NicoDerm CQ patch and Nicorette Gum, David was able to quit. That was just over two years ago.

He says that since then his teeth are in better shape, his car smells better and he no longer has any need for those routine smoke breaks.

Even so, he still battles with sensitivity to cigarette smoke.

“I can smell smoke a mile away,” says David. “I have to get away from it ASAP,  because the cravings really eat at me when I can smell it.”

David may very well be one of Baylor Tobacco Treatment Services’ greatest champions.

“I wish more people knew about it,” David says of the clinic. “I keep Elain’s card in my desk and my wallet just in case. I know that if I ever call her, just hearing her voice settles me down. Nothing has been as personable as the clinic at Baylor.”

 


 

*Last name withheld to protect patient privacy