I really don’t remember why or how I started smoking. I do remember picking up my first cigarette around the age of 10. I just thought I would try something. As a teenager, I wasn’t an everyday smoker but I would have a smoke or two or three every once in a while. It was quite strange because no one around me really smoked except for James. When I was 17, James and I got married and had our first child. Well by the time I was 27, I had a husband, seven young children, and smoke a half a pack to a pack a day. Back then no one knew the dangers of smoking, no warning labels, and definitely no surgeon’s report. James had quit smoking cold turkey and I was still struggling to quit. It had been so easy for him but it took me 3 attempts to quit. My third and final attempt was in 1979. I was a wife, mother of 7, and grandmother of 14 with 3 more on the way. I knew something had to change for my family. I didn’t want to be the reason my grandchildren picked up this nasty habit. I also wanted to be around to enjoy my grandchildren. So the love for my family was my reason for quitting. I am now 83 years old with 35 grandchildren, 79 great grands, and 1 great great grand. I have been smoke-free 35 years and loving every minute.
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