By Mary Wade Burnside
Times West Virginian
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.