By Adem Lewis / in , , , , , , , , , , /

(Christine) Tobacco didn’t just
affect me. It affected my children
in profound ways where those times that they lost
they’ll never get back. My son, at only seventeen years
old, was responsible for sometimes cooking,
grocery shopping making sure his sister was okay, that he made dinner for them
both and that if she missed the bus he would have to
pick her up at school. And he really had to be
head of the household instead of being a kid. He didn’t get to go to college because the only adult
in the household, his only parent, me,
I became a dependent. And at seventeen, he had
to take care of his mom. Tobacco… it’s a thief where it steals
your time away from you. Things were stolen from my kids
I feel like.

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