Vicente Escobedo was a family man. That’s why
his daughter’s word hurt so much, and spurred him
to do the right thing
– quit smoking.
Vicente, a 21-year-old, hardworking San Antonio native and father of two daughters, is a resource specialist for the San Antonio Fatherhood Campaign, where he helps mentor young fathers to make healthy, strong families. He began to realize that he was doing something that wasn’t making his own family strong or healthier – he was smoking.
Vicente first tried cigarettes at age 16. By 18, he was smoking two packs a week. But his daughter’s urging and the soaring price of cigarettes led Vincente to stop smoking.
In the 10 months since he has quit, he has seen how young people think smoking cigarettes makes them cool and macho, and he doesn’t
Vicente knows that his family is healthier now that he’s quit smoking. He wants to help other families down the same path to quitting harmful behaviors, so he’s studying for an associate’sdegree in child
Vicente knows that continuing to stay away from cigarettes may not be easy. It takes willpower, but having determination and working hard for what you think is best for you and your family is what being a man is all about. As they say, most smokers start when they are boys, but it takes a man to quit.
Quitting smoking can actually heal a person’s body, said Dr. Luis Angel, director of the Lung Transplantation Program at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. He said the body begins repairing and healing the damages of smoking within 20 minutes of that last cigarette.
After two weeks of not smoking, walking becomes