Helping Others Quit Smoking

By Casey Killian

November 15, 2012 Updated Nov 15, 2012 at 7:10 PM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) If your trying to quit smoking, November 15 would be the premiere day to do so.

The American Cancer Society marks it's 37th Great American Smokeout by encouraging smokers to use November 15th to start a plan to quit.

The Tobacco Free Broome and Tioga Coalition honored Eric Emerick for being tobacco free for nearly ten years now.

He smoked on and off for 18 years before quitting.

Emerick, who now has an 18 month old son, says it was a health choice and he could not have done it without the help of The Tobacco Free Coalition.

Emerick said, " I smoked one to two packs of cigarettes a day, I tried to quit smoking on numerous occasions but I failed until I met up with a program that they had ten years ago called stop don't start. It is now a program that's called the Tobacco Free Coalition."

Chairperson, Tobacco Free Broome and Tioga, Christie Finch said, "The younger youths are when they start smoking the more likely they are to be addicted. And because few will be able to break free from the habit, about 80 percent of high school smokers will smoke into adulthood."

More than 45 million Americans smoke cigarettes, including about 20 percent of Broome County adults.