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

er -- the cigarette gave her something to do with her hands. As she struggled to support herself and her two small children, she used more and more cigarettes to cope with stress. Wanting to be a good role model for her children, she found the power to quit smoking through the QUITPLAN Helpline and now keeps her hands occupied with her glasswork.

-- Yvonne Kennedy: Persuaded by friends to try a cigarette at age 12, she continued smoking for 16 years, even through the births of five children. She quit for six months during her last pregnancy when she learned she was having twins -- but, as soon as they were born, she had another cigarette in the hospital. Years later, when her own health began to suffer, she found support through a QUITPLAN Center with one-to-one counseling.

-- Mark Struthers: A pack-a-day smoker for 20 years, he decided to quit one Sunday morning while sitting at his home computer, smoking a cigarette and reading a list of lung cancer symptoms online. As a career counselor who helps other people plan for the future, he found reassurance talking to a QUITPLAN Center counselor who helped him map out a plan to end his tobacco use.

-- Robert Murphy: A former Twin Cities radio personality, he received packages containing free cigarettes from the tobacco companies for more than two decades, and developed a two-to-three packs-per-day habit for 45 years. Although he still struggles with smoking from time to time, he has found help through the QUITPLAN Helpline.

The photo essay features the photography of Doug Beasley, founder and director of St. Paul-based Vision Quest Photo Workshops. Known for photography that emphasizes vision and personal expression in everyday life, his work has been exhibited internationally and is widely published. For the ClearWay Minnesota photo essay, Beasley used black and white photography to portray each smoker's personality.

"Photography gives us a reason to look deeper and explore what other
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