"I couldn't quit for money"

Photo showing eighteen year-old Kathryn holding a sign telling us that her father offered her $100 a month for 12 months if she'd quit smoking.  She couldn't!  She's addicted.Kathryn's boyfriend smoked and at age 16 she became addicted too. Imagine being offered $1,200 to quit and being unable. But Kathryan openly admits her chemical dependency. The brains of almost all daily smokers have grown millions of extra nicotinic receptors. Like alcoholics, they are true drug addicts. Should they smoke nicotine in front of children? Is the lesson they teach that it's ok for adult role models to be addicted to destructive and deadly chemicals? Should they compel youth to breathe and smell what their own deadened sense of smell cannot?

The above photo is owned and was taken by John R. Polito on November 17, 2005. Kathryn has consented to her photo's use in association with any not-for-profit non-commercial youth smoking prevention or cessation education effort, as does John R. Polito, so long as the photo's use is accompanied by accrediation to Link to higher resolution version.

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