Please tell a story about a time when a person or organization tried to help someone or change something in your community:

Clearing The Smoke On Addiction

A year back a friend of mine had made resolutions to quit smoking. Unfortunately he did not succeed. This was mostly because he was sidetracked from his good intentions to quit and was misled into thinking that he could do it by switching to 'light' or 'mild' cigarrettes, presumably to migitate the risks posed by regular cigarettes. This made him to believe that those cigarettes yielded substantial reduction in toxin exposure and pose less health risks. However, on switching to 'light' cigarrette brands he became less likely to quit smoking and the situation was worse for him fopr he started developing serious complications. Luckily his peers took him to a small organisation in our area that helped transform the lives of drug addicts. At the organisation he was most effectively treated with a combination of drugs and given specialist behavioural support. With time he showed quick progress and after one year he quited smoking completely.


Events like these happen:


Story Attributes/Tags

  • The story describes a good idea that succeeded
  • This story relates to physical needs
  • This story relates to respect
  • This story relates to freedom
  • I saw what happened in the story
  • What happened in the story relates to an ethnic group or tribe
  • What happened in the story relates to community, region, or country
  • What happened in the story relates to an organization

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This is one of 57,220 stories we've collected from people in Kenya and Uganda. We're using them to identify problems and potential solutions in local communities.
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About This Story

  • Gender of storyteller: Male
  • Age of storyteller: 22-30 years old
  • This story took place 7-12 months ago
  • Location: Kithoo, Meru, Kenya
This story describes a...
broad need
The story is about...
Who benefited from what
happened in the story...
the wrong
the right
What type of change is your story about?
it requires a
continuous effort
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