The Times West Virginian

January 2, 2013

Quitting smoking: There’s no ‘easy way’

Cessation classes available four times during year at FGH

By Mary Wade Burnside
Times West Virginian

FAIRMONT — Bill Julian had smoked for more than a decade when he finally decided he had a really good reason to quit: his young children.

“You want to know the truth? I felt guilty every time I lit a cigarette,” said the Fairmont resident. “I was an athlete growing up, and I never smoked until I got to college.”

When he and his wife, Tricia, a registered nurse, began having children, his motivation grew.

“My wife and I were believers, if you have children, ‘monkey see, monkey do,’” Julian said. “How could I ask my children not to smoke if I did?

“So I quit. It was hard, but I quit. Three different times. That’s how hard it was.”

The first time he quit was on New Year’s Eve when he and a friend vowed to make a resolution prior to going to a New Year’s Eve dance.

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