Necole Jarrett, right, “breaks” her habit, with help from Marlana Neumann, left. Says Jarrett, “I feel wonderful—I can take deep breaths now—but my husband’s a smoker, so it’s always tempting.”
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Because she only considered herself a social smoker, Necole Jarrett never took her habit too seriously. Yet within a few years, Jarrett, a quality assurance analyst at Johns Hopkins HealthCare, got concerned when she became short of breath.
Jarrett, 39, had tried to kick the habit on her own several times and even succeeded during her two pregnancies, but resumed after her children were born. “I knew it was bad for me, and I hated the taste in my mouth,” she says, “but I just couldn’t stop.” Then, one day last January, she heard about a smoking cessation class offered by JH HealthCare health educator Marlana Neumann.