Crestview program aids residents' efforts to quit smoking

Quit Smoking

Miriam Lavandier, left and Patricia Smith,right

Published: Monday, March 4, 2013 at 01:10 PM.

CRESTVIEW — Penny Eubanks, West Florida Area Health Education Center’s assistant director and a former smoker, knows how difficult it is to quit smoking.

 "A lot of times, it will take people multiple times to stop," she said. "The big thing is you have to want to."

Relatives can bring the subject to focus.

"When I quit smoking 17 years ago, it was primarily because of my son," Eubanks said.

Patricia Smith, who participates in AHEC’s Quit Smoking Now program, said her reason was similar.

"My son wants me to quit, my husband wants me to quit," the 47-year-old said. 

Her son, Christopher York, who lives in Biloxi, said he would quit smoking if she would do the same.

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