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New Year’s Resolution to stop smoking

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MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - Clyde Dearman is a certified tobacco treatment specialist in Ouachita Parish. Although less than eight percent of us who make New Year's Resolutions actually stick with ours throughout the year, Dearman has and he has done so for more than 20 years.

We have all been told that cigarettes are addictive and bad for us because of nicotine and other harmful chemicals. For a lot of people choosing their favorite brand is a decision they wish they would never have started and they say today is the first day of their new life without taking smoke breaks.

Clyde Dearman help people quit by showing them the damage cigarettes cause by testing their lung function and their level of carbon monoxide. He knows it takes a lot of hard work and dedication because he use to smoke but he made it his New Year's Resolution and got some help from his family.

"The only reason I quit is because my daughter who was a first grader came home one day and told me, "Daddy you use drugs," and I said, "What?" She said, "You use drugs. The DARE officer told us today at school that if you smoke, it's the same as using drugs," said Clyde Dearman.

If you smoke and want to stop or know somebody who does, Dearman says it takes more than putting on a patch or chewing special gum. He recommends you meet with your doctor and get prescription medicine to help with the addiction to nicotine and create a plan to help break the psychological habit of smoking and getting used to having nothing in your hand.

For more information on trying to stop smoking you can call 1-800-QUIT-NOW.

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