Ex-Smokers Hall of Fame: Sharing Their Story
Ex-smokers share their stories on battling against smoking at the Ex-Smokers Hall of Fame, on exhibit now:
"When Eileen Stewart of Williamsburg lit her first cigarette more than 40 years ago, she was only doing what just about every other college student she knew seemed to doing as well.
"I thought it was glamorous and adult," says Stewart, who's now 62.
About 20 years and thousands and thousands of Kents later, Stewart put out her last cigarette in the early 1990s.
That accomplishment has won Stewart - and 17 others - a place of honor in the Ex-Smokers Hall of Fame, an exhibit currently on view in the Old Court House Gallery at 99 Main St., Northampton.
The show, featuring photos of former smokers along with their stories of life before and after quitting, was put together by the Tobacco Free Community Partnership, a program of the Hampshire Council of Governments. The show will stay up throughout November to help observe the 35th anniversary - which is Thursday - of the American Cancer Society's Great American Smoke Out. The Smoke Out seeks to encourage smokers in the battle against nicotine."