One Day Can Make a Difference

1 decade 1 year 6 months ago Wednesday, November 14 2007 Nov 14, 2007 Wednesday, November 14, 2007 9:55:13 PM CST November 14, 2007 in News

The Great American Smokeout encourages smokers to quit, even if it's just for 24 hours.

"I think that if someone can stop for a day, it's a good thing. Because they realize what's it's like to be one day without smoking. Not only does it help them, but it helps their loved ones, their family, and their friends around them," said Dr. Susanna Gordon from St. Mary's Hospital.

Doramarie Hinsa has smoked for 30 years and doesn't remember why she started.

"It seemed like maybe to fit in. Or maybe because when we're bored it seems like we want to do something with our hands," said Hinsa, a smoker.

For her, it seems sticking with the habit is easier than quitting.

"I quit when I was younger for two years. But the environment the people that I was with, got the best of it. So, if you can't beat them, join them," said Hinsa.

While some people try their whole lives to quit smoking, some specialists say all you need is one day to break the habit.

Doramarie started her smokeout Wednesday night, and says she hopes others join her Thursday.

The actual smokeout starts Thursday and lasts 24 hours.

Reported by Whitney Seiter

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