Evette: I suffer from an addiction to cigarettes. My name is Evette Calvert and I started smoking at 13 to be cool. I smoked 22 years. I didn't like the fact that I wanted to quit and I couldn't. I'd say, okay, I'm going to quit today. Then I'd smoke. All the signs were there, but I kept on smoking. I coughed up black stuff, and I'd buy another pack. On December 31, 2005, I quit. It wasn't a new year's resolution, just an honest desire to stop. God knows it wasn't easy. I was crabby and depressed . But after I quit smoking, I realized it wasn't the stress that was killing me. It was the cigarettes. I had a choice. I did something for myself and my kids. I chose to live … without cigarettes.

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