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In Smoke-Free Minnesota, Five Former Smokers Share Their Struggles With Fighting Addiction
Date:6/18/2008

ClearWay Minnesota(SM) exhibit shares inspiring stories of Minnesotans who

struggled to quit

MINNEAPOLIS, June 18 /PRNewswire/ -- In smoke-free Minnesota, five Minnesotans who personally struggled to go smoke-free are sharing their stories, from the time they started smoking to their state of physical and emotional well-being today. Their inspiring stories will be showcased in ClearWay Minnesota's traveling photo essay exhibit today at the IDS Crystal Court in Minneapolis.

The exhibit celebrates the efforts of Minnesotans who used QUITPLAN(R) Services, ClearWay Minnesota's free, professional stop-smoking programs that have helped more than 12,000 Minnesotans successfully quit tobacco since 2001.

Those visiting the exhibit will also have an opportunity see how their own faces could become wrinkled and discolored if they smoked for years. ClearWay Minnesota will be providing free demonstrations of age-progression software for visitors to experience.

"We are coming up on the one-year anniversary of the statewide smoke-free law and want Minnesotans to know where they can find help to successfully quit smoking," said David Willoughby, ClearWay Minnesota's Chief Executive Officer. "We are proud to share stories of Minnesota quitters through this photo exhibit. We hope it offers inspiration and a solution to others battling the addiction."

Five smokers' journeys

The Minnesotans featured are:

-- Randy Frazier: As a Twin Cities high school student Randy tried a cigarette offered from a buddy for the first time while at a soccer game. From that point forward he smoked on and off for 30 years, finding no success in his attempts to quit. Now, as a grandfather of three, he has discovered the once-phantom "new baby smell" after quitting the habit for good with the help of the QUITPLAN Helpline.

-- Sandra Fynboh: On prom night, at the age of 17, Sandra couldn't resist her first cigarette off
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