Posted by: audreybenenati | December 1, 2009

Grateful daughter recounts how father quit smoking

By Readers’ Page

November 19, 2009

Syracuse Post-Standard

To the Editor:

With the Great American Smokeout today, I thought I would write a letter sharing a personal experience, hoping to influence current smokers. I visited the hospital when I was 2 years old and my father was lying in the hospital bed. I don’t remember much of that day, but I do remember knowing my Dad was sick and that something bad had just happened.

That day my father suffered a heart attack from smoking cigarettes for 30 years. At the time I didn’t know it, but now my father tells me the story of how and why he quit. I asked him one day how he did it. How did he gain the willpower and strength to quit smoking after that day? He told me it was because of me.

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