Saskatchewan Quits

Saskatchewan Quits

Is it your time? Join us on the journey!

For the month of May we invite you to join us on the journey to quit or cut back on smoking.

Once registered:


  1. You will receive Nicotine Replacement Therapy sample kits courtesy of Johnson & Johnson as well as be entered to win prizes!
  2. Be sure to join our online Facebook Support Group

Steve Kirwan

Read Steve's Story

Kristie Tempel-Briske

Read Kristie's Story

The support will not stop after the challenge is complete. Our Saskatchewan Quits group is a year-round support for people on their journey to quit or cut back smoking.


Steve's Journey to Quitting


"My story of why I started smoking and continue to do so is probably very familiar to many people who chose this path.

I was a child of a parent who smoked. It didn't matter where or when, smoking was present. When I was in my early teens I fell into a rough circle where smoking was seen as "cool". So, I stole the odd cigarette from my dad, coughed and choked on it to feel cool, and it never really stuck. It was a passing fad as I changed friends and moved on to a different group. Fast forward to when I was 17: I worked the late and weekend shifts at a local gas station. The evenings and weekend mornings were always really, and this gas station, like so many others, sold cigarettes. Sitting there, late one Thursday evening, I bought a pack, and out of boredom, I tried smoking again. Turns out, this time it stuck. Now I sit, 25 years later, still smoking and hating myself for ever grabbing that pack that day.

I've tried to quit several times.I’ve tried every method, every drug, and none of them seemed to do it. The longest I made it was 9 months. I was in the clear, I felt great, didn't even think of smoking., Then there was an incident at work involving a coworker. Luckily no one was hurt, but it was enough to stress me to the max. So what did I do? I leaned on my old friend, cigarettes, to help me relax, or so I thought.

Now I'm a father of 2 beautiful daughters, and I don’t like the message it sends when they see me smoking. I am noticing the health effects more and more every day, and all I can think about is being around to see my girls get married and have their own families one day. This is where I draw the line. There really is only one course of action for me, and that's to beat this thing and get my life back. "

Steve Kirwan

Saskatchewan Quits Challenge Ambassador


Kristie's Journey to Quitting


"I am honoured to share my quit smoking journey for the Saskatchewan Quits smoking cessation initiative.

I started smoking when I was in my mid-teens. By the time I was 20 years old, I had a ½ pack a day cigarette habit. I tried to quit smoking numerous times over the years but it never lasted.

At 31 years old, my life changed forever; my mom was diagnosed with lung cancer. I quit smoking cold turkey immediately after I was informed of her diagnosis. My mom spent the following year receiving chemo and radiation treatments but lost her battle 14 months after her diagnosis at 56 years old.   

As I grieved the loss of my mother, I spent countless hours searching for a way to try honour my mom’s memory and make her proud. The only answer I could find that made sense to me was to honour myself in her memory. Since I quit smoking, I’ve started exercising and eating healthier and I have made my health a priority. On my journey, I learned to appreciate how precious and great life can truly be.

I look forward to my future now. I believe that sometimes the bad things that happen to us in our lives put us directly on the path we were meant to be on.

My advice to someone that is trying to quit smoking is to find your reason to quit that is strong enough to outweigh the urge to smoke. Even if you slip up and have to start again, keep going!

“Failure is success in progress.” – Albert Einstein

Thank you for allowing me to share my story."

Kristie Tempel-Briske

Saskatchewan Quits Challenge Ambassador


Dale's Journey to Quitting


“I started smoking when I was sixteen or seventeen because I wanted to fit in with my friends. I wanted to be one of the ‘bad boys’. The crazy thing is that when I first tried smoking, it would make me sick. I had to practice to be able to smoke without getting sick.

I got married at 21 years of age and starting having kids at 22. From the time my kids could start to draw, they were colouring pictures of black lungs and leaving them on the fridge. My entire family wanted me to quit smoking. The kids would break my cigarettes if I left them out. They hated the smell; they hated everything about it.

Because my family wanted me to quit, I did try. I spent thousands of dollars on everything out there – gum, patches, hypnosis, acupuncture. If there was a possible solution, I tried it, but nothing worked. I “quit” many times but the longest it ever lasted, before I quit for good, was 3 days. After four decades of smoking, I was completely addicted.

One day I was heading upstairs to bed and I couldn’t catch my breath – I thought I was dying. I promised myself if I woke up in the morning I would never smoke again. And I didn’t. I had finally found my reason to quit.

A few years after quitting, I noticed that I was feeling breathless and after consulting doctors, I was diagnosed with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). I was told there was little hope for my future. I was shocked. I knew I had a lot of living left to do! After some research I learned about the pulmonary rehabilitation program. Several times a week, I take part in a specialized exercise program as well as educational sessions to learn about COPD. There is no cure for COPD, but it can be managed. By exercising consistently in a safe environment, I am able to manage my COPD. I am in better shape now than I have been in years. The benefits of exercise are endless for the body, mind and overall attitude.

I encourage anyone who smokes, and is considering quitting or cutting back, to join Saskatchewan Quits. There will be support for you with education sessions, wellness sessions, and most importantly encouragement and support from others going through the same journey.

Join us on the journey and find your reason to quit!"

Dale Roach

Saskatchewan Quits Challenge Ambassador


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