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Reader Stories: Tobacco Victims: Gallery of Lost Loved Ones


Updated July 10, 2011

Upwards of five million people worldwide yearly become victims of tobacco -- losing their lives to a multitude of tobacco-related illnesses. If you've lost someone you love to tobacco, share their story here.

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I Lost My Parents to COPD

I lost both my parents to smoking-related illnesses. First my Mom, then 6 months later, my Dad. They both tried to quit many times. Each smoked for approx 45 years each and smoked about a pack a day.…More

Two Soul Mates Lost to Tobacco

My late husband passed January, 2013. He was a 25 year veteran of the Air Force and after retirement became the Director of Public Housing in our area. He never smoked until he joined the military an…More

I Lost My Friend to Passive Smoking

Steve never smoked but he was a high lived DJ, performer and was well known in the 80's as Cardboard from The Selecter.Steve was a passive smoker, traveling from gig to gig and living the high life. …More

My Quit Honors My Grandparents and My Dad

My Grandmother died of Alzheimers disease. She had thirty years smoke-free. My Dad who had walked me down the isle on September 9th,2011 and two weeks later he sadly passed away from a massive heart …More

Lung Cancer Stole So Many Family Members

Let's start with my grandmother. I was 12 years old when we buried her, which was on her 48th birthday. She had been smoking since she was very young, and died of lung cancer. I don't have too many m…More

I Lost My Mother and Other Loved Ones

My mother died at the age of 68 years young after smoking for 53 years. She tried but just could not quit, ever. My older brother and I both had health issues at birth due to her smoking while pregna…More

Lung Cancer Stole My Beautiful Mother

My mam smoked most of her life. She tried to quit umpteen times without success. In 2007, when she was 52 yrs old, she was diagnosed with lung cancer. Immediately she stopped smoking. She went for an…More

I Still Miss You, Dad

I'm not really sure when my dad started smoking. I remember him trying to quit a few times when we were growing up. He smoked between two and three packs of cigarettes a day. Approximately two months…More

I Lost My Dad to Years of Smoking and Drinking

I watched my father's health deteriorate for many years from his smoking and drinking. The smoking was causing him to be so short of breath and his mobility was suffering as well. I was a smoker the …More

My Kid's Dad Died of Lung Cancer

My ex-husband and father of my two children died on April 21, 2001. He died of lung cancer. His wife died about 7 months later - also of lung cancer. Ken started smoking before he was a teenager. At…More

Throat Cancer Stole My Brother-in-Law

Four summers ago my brother-in-law Michael died from throat cancer. He smoked all his life. He was only 55 and was a great guy. Just before he died he weighed about sixty pounds. His legs literally l…More

I Lost My Dad to Congestive Heart Failure

My dad, who was a heavy smoker at 2 plus packs of unfiltered Pall Mall cigarettes a day, said this about smoking:"I'm going to have to die eventually of something -- it might as well be smoking."For …More

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