My son Mark graduates from Proctor High School today and loved ones from all over will be in town for the celebration. Only one things bothers me. Mark's mom, my brother, his girlfriend and a few other guests smoke cigarettes.

I think it takes a powerful message to let young people know the dangers of smoking. I recall when I was 17 watching my grandpa collapse and die in front of us kids with a Doral brand cigarette burning in the ashtray. It was his 6th heart attack brought on by congestional heart failure due to smoking. I apologize for being graphic but watching a man that I love turn blue and die was all I needed to never smoke cigarettes again...and I never have. If you think your teen is smoking, show them this just might change their mind.