Dear Abby: Smoking made my dad, sister die too soon

Wednesday, 15 November 2017, 01:39:29 AM. Reader who lost two loved ones urges all smokers to vow to quit and carry it through.
DEAR ABBY: The winter months are hard for me. They remind me that another year has gone by without my father and my younger sister. Dad had been a smoker since his teens and died from pancreatic cancer at 39. I was 13, and my siblings were younger. In those days, we didn’t know that smoking was a risk factor for pancreatic cancer. My sister smoked from the time she was 13. She died from lung cancer at 44, leaving behind two young sons. Neither my father nor my sister got to experience the wonderful family milestones and celebrations we have had. Their grandchildren will never know them. Each year during the holidays, I feel a sadness in my heart. I urge every smoker to make a vow to quit and carry it through, not only for their own sake but also their family’s. Stay determined to quit so you won’t cause your loved ones sadness and won’t miss out on their futures. With all my heart, I wish smokers the best of luck in quitting. — MISSING DAD AND SIS IN SACRAMENTO DEAR MISSING: I’m glad you wrote because the American Cancer Society’s annual Great American Smokeout will be held on Nov. 16. It’s a day when millions of smokers put down their cigarettes — just for one day — with the conviction that if they can go 24 hours without one, then they can do it for 48 hours, 72 hours, and stop smoking for good. The idea grew out of a 1970 event in Randolph, Massachusetts, and became a national event in 1977. Readers, I’m not going to harangue you with death threats. We are all aware of the...Read more
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