At 12, Regina Hurley was smoking a pack a day. By 20, it was two packs.
"Marlboro 100's every single day for 36 years," she says. "If I got in the car, answered the phone, got upset, or opened a soda, I lit a cigarette."
Even though she knew smoking wasn't cool, and she knew it was killing her, she couldn't quit on her own.
"Two months ago, I had a heart attack, and was forced to make the decision to either quit smoking or die an early death," Hurley says. "I choose to live."
"I tried going cold turkey, but even as serious as I am about quitting it just didn't work for me. So, I joined a free online smoking cessation program for Georgia residents. They send me patches in the mail and counsel me when I need someone to talk to. The patches help a lot with cutting down on the number of cigarettes I smoke each day. Another thing that I have found very helpful is changing my daily routines. Small things can make a big difference -- like not smoking as soon as I get out of bed each morning and drinking a cup of coffee without a cigarette every day."
She says she's quitting Thursday—for good.
"Thursday is the Great American Smokeout. It's also the day I've decided to quit. I am going to quit smoking cigarettes forever on Thursday. Please, join me and let's all live longer, healthier lives."
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