“Because of me, my whole family suffers every day in one way or another. I have attempted to quit several times with no success.”

Bob and Mary Beth – In love for 37 years, smokers for longer. Quitting for the chance to grow old together.

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Robert

“I am 51 and have been smoking for 40 years. Two months ago, for no apparent reason, I started having a hard time breathing. After consulting with my family physician, she convinced me to get a chest x-ray. I had been avoiding this for a while and finally agreed to it. It was confirmed that I have a chronic infection in the bottom of my lungs. I was relieved it wasn’t cancer, but worried nonetheless. Over the last few years, my wife and I have tried several times to stop smoking with little to no success. I know that after 40 years I have a very tough battle on my hands, but with resources and encouragement from the Be A Quitter reality campaign, my wife and I will win this battle. I look forward to the day that I will not have to be embarrassed to be around others because of the smell of smoke on my clothes. My greatest joy will be knowing that I will be around longer to enjoy my kids and grandchildren.”

Mary Beth

“I smoked my first cigarette at the age of 14. I remember that day like it was yesterday. I became dizzy, nauseated and broke into a sweat. I quickly put it out and told myself I would never try this again. I wish I had listened to myself. By the time I turned 15, I was smoking as often as I could. I thought no one could smell the smoke on me. I was sneaking around when and where I could just to have a puff of smoke. So, fast forward my life, I am now 52 years old. I have COPD, lung nodules, asthma, and a bad cough. My health is failing. I have no stamina and I am frequently short of breath. I have three children and eight beautiful grandchildren with another one on the way. I want to be around to see them grow up. Because of health issues that probably won’t happen. Smoking is not the only cause of all my health problems, but it has caused more problems in my life than any other thing. I estimate that I have spent well over $70,000 on my smoking addiction. My three children all smoke which I am sure I influenced. Because of me my whole family suffers every day in one way or another. I have attempted to quit several times with no success. I hope the Be A Quitter reality campaign will help me break this nasty, highly addictive habit once and for all.”

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