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Matilda's story

Matilda Mercury shares her story of quitting smoking. Hear about smoking in the LGBTIQ+ community, what inspired Matilda to quit, and the many benefits Matilda continues to enjoy as a result of stopping smoking.

"Hello, my name is Matilda Mercury and my favourite colour is myself. I started smoking at 16 years old and smoked for 11 years before I quit. To date, I have been smoke-free for 2 years and 6 months. I did it and so can you. Now, let's talk quitting!"

For information, support and advice on stopping smoking, and to learn how Quit provides a culturally safe space for the LGBTIQ+ community, visit or call Quitline on 13 7848, Monday to Friday, 8am to 8pm. Alternatively, you can request a callback by filling out our online form, and a Quitline counsellor will call you back at a time that suits you.

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