"1 in 3 teens who begin smoking eventually die from tobacco-related disease."
More than a decade ago, a good friend of mine lost her mother to throat cancer. She was told she had a year to live unless she quit smoking. She tried, but said it was just too hard. She passed away almost exactly a year from that prognosis.
Last December, I lost my uncle to lung cancer. He'd been a smoker from a very young age. After years of fighting it, he lost the battle.
Right now, my fiance's uncle is battling lung cancer. He's in the middle of radiation treatments. He's smoked since his teens. He's trying to quit, but he still has one now and then.
It was really important for me to enter this contest, because I do not want to lose ONE more person I care about to cigarettes. Wake up, people. Stop ignoring this.