FayObserver.com – Smoking ban forces smokers to make tough choices

Breathe Easy Live Well is a project of Fayetteville’s Southern Regional Area Health Education Center dealing with tobacco dependence and mental illness. Collier said about 75 percent of severely mentally ill people smoke, and heavy smokers in general die 25 years before nonsmokers.

Thomas Nunnery was enjoying a morning ritual at Lindy’s – breakfast, coffee and a cigarette.

Nunnery was sitting with his friends Tim Robinson, Josh Bain and Allen Jackson in a booth on the smoking side of the Raeford Road restaurant’s dining room.

“We’ll have a cigarette with our coffee,” Nunnery said. “Then we have a plate of food, and we’ll automatically light up another.”

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