Living in a Tobacco Free New York State

This post was sponsored by Tobacco Free New York State as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.

Growing up, my parents smoked. A lot.
I’d ask for them to refrain from smoking in the car with me, especially if I were on my way to school or to meet up with friends. They rarely listened or accommodated my request.

I never had friends who smoked. Smoking has never appealed to me. I didn’t like the way my clothes and hair smelled after being in close proximately of my parents smoking. Their teeth were yellowing and I just couldn’t see that being a part of my life.

When I met my husband 29 years ago, I didn’t know he smoked. My then 17 year old boyfriend hid it from me for a couple of months. He was, and still is astounded that I have never once picked up the smoking habit. I actually have never smoked, not ever ! Unlike my parents, he has always smoked away from me. He respected my not wanting to smell gross. He continued to smoke after we had children, even though he had never smoked around them.

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He developed a sore on his upper lip right around his 35th birthday. After getting a preliminary exam, his doctor wanted it tested for Cancer. This scared my husband enough to quit cold turkey and never look back. It has been over 10 years since his last cigarette. Our children never saw him smoke and didn’t actually know that he used to smoke, until about 3 years ago.

Our boys know our stance on smoking, how it can lead to cancer, COPD, loss of teeth, bad breath, and all kinds of things. They are vocal about not wanting to be a smoker and do not like the discarded butts littered everywhere we go.

I learned that most kids in New York State begin smoking around the age of 13 years old. That’s scary !
Traditional cigarettes are being replaced by e-cigarette use, which I have seen a lot of teens use. This number of teens, mainly high school kids, increased 160% in just 4 years (2014-2018).

I have seen a great many anti-smoking commercials over the years. Do they help? I have no idea. I certainly hope they deter kids from starting and help provide the motivation for people to stop.

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I am happy support a Tobacco Free New York State . I know that many do not share the sentiments of reducing the amount of smokers and helping to improve the quality of life for so many.

I am proud of the many stores that have removed cigarettes from their shelves already.

Check out the Seen Enough Tobacco website to sign the petition to get tobacco out of sight in stores. You can also find resources to help Quit Smoking.

Together, we can get Tobacco out of sight, so that your children have a a better chance of not starting !