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The South Carolina Center for Fathers and Families


February 26, 2015

Quit Day in smoking cessation class!


Tuesday was a major milestone for the seven participants in the smoking cessation class at the Lexington office of Midlands Fatherhood Coalition.

It was Quit Day! Five of the participants quit smoking altogether, and the other two drastically cut back on the killer habit.

Each participant had his or her own reasons for wanting to quit, such as:

  • "Become a better person."
  • "To be healthy again for my children."
  • "Role model for my daughter."
  • "To air out house and vehicle."
  • "It Stinks."

This program, which uses the American Lung Association's Freedom from Smoking curriculum, is a pilot project for the fatherhood program.

So far, things look promising.

"This could make a huge impact on their lives and even future generations," says Dawn Pender, nurse practitioner at the S.C. Center for Fathers and Families. "Everyone is quitting for themselves, but also for the health of their children -- AWESOME!  That is what it is all about."