Pam R.

Tulsa, OK

I smoked starting at 18 years of age, knowing that my dad died of an untimely death at the age of 40 from a teratoma tumor, which was malignant and had already affected his heart and brain. At the age of 40, I had a brain tumor, and I am so thankful that I quit smoking 4 years before I had the brain tumor because I too could have suffered a malignancy. I quit smoking June 12, 1995, and to this day, I am thankful I quit when I did. When I quit, my youngest son quit having ear infections, and I stopped the cycle of having bronchitis and other upper respiratory problems that affected my health every year. I was chronically ill while I smoked. It was a miracle that I gave it up, and again, I’m so thankful for the spiritual force that helped me to quit, and thank God for the miracle. But if you need help to quit, please call the Oklahoma Tobacco Helpline. It’s a life-saving decision that will add years to your life, not to mention a financial benefit from not having to purchase tobacco products. It’s all for your health — please make your health your number one priority and experience the miracle of quitting smoking. It’s worth every breath.