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How I Quit: Jackie M.

Age: 56, from St. Tammany Parish

I had been smoking since I was 12. I am now 56. I tried several times to quit because I met a wonderful man in 1996 who was against smoking. After several failed attempts, I became a closet smoker so he would not find out. Gum became my best friend to cover up the smell and lots of Bath & Body works lotions. My mom died from lung cancer in 2001. Recently I had a chest x-ray that showed a spot on my lung. It turned out to be nothing but they will check it again in 6 months. This really made me think about my health and family. I don’t want to leave this world for something as senseless as smoking and leave my husband and children to grieve. My daughter is pregnant with my 2nd grandchild and I want to see them grow up, get married and have a wonderful life as I have. I was time to QUIT. It has been 3 months since my last cigarette. I feel better and better every day. Loving Life !!!

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