Lori McCormack

"What really changed my mind and made me see the reality of what I was doing was when my 4-year-old daughter looked up at me and said "Mommy, I don't want you to die. Please don't breathe more smoke." It was like hitting a brick wall, she was right and I needed to not be as selfish as I was. I want to be around to see her grow up."

 have been a smoker for 17 years.  I was completely physically addicted to nicotine.  I always felt strong withdrawls when I went even an hour without a smoke during the day.  I quit for a year when I found out that I was pregnant with my daughter but I started back (why, I don't really know) and never looked back. 

About 2 years ago Lockheed Martin announced a smoke-free policy where there was no smoking allowed on any Lockheed property (even in the parking lot).  I knew this would be a problem for me, but I thought that I could deal with it anyway. 

What really changed my mind and made me see the reality of what I was doing was when my 4-year-old daughter looked up at me and said "Mommy, I don't want you to die.  Please don't breathe more smoke."  It was like hitting a brick wall, she was right and I needed to not be as selfish as I was.  I want to be around to see her grow up.

I also thought of how annoying it had become to smoke.  There are so many places that do not allow smoking anymore and so many people that treat you as a criminal if you do (most of those people have no idea how hard it is to break the addiction).  Also, I thought of the money I could save if I could convince my husband to quit too.

Lockheed Martin offered the Free & Clear Plan to it's employees and their families for free, so my husband and I decided to try it.  We both took Chanitx and really liked it.  Within 3 weeks of starting the medication, I was smoke free and my husband was not far behind.

We have been non-smokers for going on two years now and have changed our lifestyle so we really don't miss the habits of smoking that we once had.  I asked my daughter recently if she was glad that we quit smoking and she really doesn't even remember when we smoked, so I am glad of that.  Thanks to Lockheed Martin and Free & Clear for saving two more lives from the addiction of nicotine.

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