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Dear President Obama,

My wife Janet and I applaud and commend your dedication to smoking cessation. Nine months without a cigarette is an awesome achievement. Congratulations! You are a powerful example for proactive personal health advocacy. Imagine tens of thousands of Americans who may become empowered and follow your persevering example to live longer productive lives. 400,000 Americans die annually due to smoking-related illnesses.

At we celebrate freedom from all addictive substances with a Sobriety Anniversary web page. 315 anonymous participants collectively document and affirm 4375 years of sobriety. Please join us. My smoking clean-date is 2-2-1991.

Sincerely, Brad Mersereau