"My clothes stink and so do I"

Photo showing 18 year-old Katie, a Camel smoker who became addicted at age 17, holding a sign. Her message reads, 'My clothes stink and it sticks to you.' Katie was disgusted by the smell of smoke but her friends smoked. At age 17 she reasoned that maybe if she smoked too that the smells wouldn't bother her as much.

No one warned her that she'd quickly become addicted to smoking nicotine and would be forced to live with the smells even when her friends were not around. It took smoking about 20 cigarettes (one pack) before Katie noticed that she'd lost her freedom and ability to simply turn and walk away. She has tried quitting twice and failed.

This photo is owned and was taken by John R. Polito on November 17, 2005. Katie 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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