Free help to stop smoking
BATON ROUGE - Pictures are all that Tiffany Roberson has left of her mother, who died from lung cancer when Tiffany was just 16.
"She missed out on, of course, senior prom, my high school and college. She missed out on the birth of my daughter," she told News 2.
Despite her mother dying from smoking, Tiffany picked up the habit too. But when her own daughter turned 16, a lightbulb went off.
"I was like, how can I continue to do something that makes me risk not being here and make her feel the same way I felt without my own mom?" she said.
So she enrolled in Louisiana's Smoking Cessation program. It started about two years ago, and is funded by a lawsuit settled in 1998 with the four biggest tobacco companies. More than 40 states were involved in the suit, including Louisiana.
"The attorney general handles the distribution of the money. We get $500,000 from the tobacco settlement," says Assistant Secretary for Public Health J.T. Lane.
Tiffany and some others who have used the program in their states are appearing in several anti-smoking commercials produced by the Centers for Disease Control.
Tiffany is hoping they well someone else break the cycle, just like she did.
"Theres no reason now not to try, at least try to quit. Because the resources are there," she says.
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