Her reward for quitting is life of sons



ROCKHAMPTON'S Kellie-Jane Sutton, 33, is quitting smoking as a New Year promise to her son who has been on a campaign to stop her $3600-a-year habit.

Ms Sutton, who lives in North Rockhampton, has resolved this time she will put an end to her 18year addiction and not let her son Steele, 7, down.

"I'm really happy (about her decision),'' Steele said yesterday.

"It's so good.''

Ms Sutton said she wasted about $70 a week on smokes, going through a 30-pack a day.

She knows it's going to be hard, but is willing to pay the price.

"I've tried going cold turkey, patches and chewing gum before and they have not worked,'' Ms Sutton said.

"This time I'm going to go cold turkey again. I just think it's the best way and I've got Steele there to help me.''

The mother of two started smoking as a 15-year-old.

The longest she has quit for in the past is two days.

"I'm not completely stupid, I know full well what risks my choices have exposed me to and with each cigarette I light up my finances and health go up in smoke along with it.

"I'm sick of not being able to quit. I want to watch my boys grow up.''

The recent death of a relative, who was a smoker, has added extra incentive.

She encouraged other smokers to consider quitting as their New Year's resolution.

For more information about quitting check out the Queensland Cancer Fund's website at www.qldcancer.com.au.



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