Kicking the habit: Great American Smoke Out encourages healthy living


Tribune illustration by Aaron Piper/ A smoker smokes for an illustration about the Great American Smoke-Out.

Local music artist Nathan Napier gave up smoking for his career.

It’s been nearly seven months since his last cigarette, and the 27-year old from Seymour said he’s never felt or sounded better.

But quitting on your own isn’t easy, he said.

“My music career made me want to quit, as I was noticing a decline in my air intake and delivery ability at some live shows, problems I’ve never had until I started smoking regularly,” he said. “By 26, I was over it.”

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