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Mark Ballas From 'DWTS' Shares The Perfect Gift For This Holiday Season


It's just about that time again. As we move further into December, stores and shopping centers are flooded with determined shoppers on the mission of a lifetime to find the perfect gifts for family, friends and coworkers.

From clothing and perfume to toys and household appliances, the list of gift possibilities is endless. It's an understatement to say that shopping during the holidays is stressful AF. It can really be a nightmare.

Well, guys, we've got the answer for you right here. Elite Daily got to speak with Mark Ballas from "Dancing With The Stars" and he shared with us the perfect gift to give this holiday season: the gift to quit.

It's hard to find someone today who hasn't heard about the dangers of smoking cigarettes. Mark shared with us he began to smoke as a teen, and after 10 years of committing to this deadly habit, he joined a program to give him the necessary steps and tools to quit smoking. He has been smoke-free for two years now.

Mark believes that quitting smoking is the best gift you can give yourself. He told Elite Daily,

Mark grew up in England where, he told Elite Daily, smoking was part of the lifestyle and "very easy to get into." He realized he had to take action when it started to affect his dancing, so he decided to use BluePrint to Quit, a quit-smoking program, and the NicoDerm CQ patch.

He told us,

His friends and family smoked too, including his mother Shirley. The two made a pact to quit smoking together and now work with GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) Consumer Healthcare to inspire others to do the same.

Mark and his mother both are part of the "What's Your Why" campaign (#WhatsYourWhy) where those who have quit smoking share the reasoning behind their decisions. Mark called the campaign a very "social way to share your story."

Mark has also turned to social media to reach viewers and share his story. On December 3, Mark held a #QuitChat where he answered questions on Twitter about giving up smoking.

Despite growing up "anti-tobacco," many Millenials still choose to smoke cigarettes. It's become a frequent habit for young people to smoke even one or two just for "social purposes." When asked why it's important to speak to Generation-Y about these issues, Mark told Elite Daily,

If your 2015 resolution is to give up smoking, you can truly make it happen.

There are programs available and step-by-step guides. There are endless stories written on our site by young adults about how their love life, career and personality changed for the better after quitting smoking.

You can get more information on the importance of quitting and how to start right here. Treat yourself this holiday season, and give yourself the gift to quit.

Happy holidays, everyone. Have a safe and healthy season.