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 QUIT: Pauline Bell. Photo: Robbie Reynolds/CPR

QUIT: Pauline Bell. Photo: Robbie Reynolds/CPR

QUIT: Pauline Bell. Photo: Robbie Reynolds/CPR

PAULINE Bell quit smoking for the sake of her children who lost their father at the tragically young age of 48.

Her husband, George, who was from Donneycarney in Dublin, died of a massive heart attack, leaving behind Pauline and their two children, Darragh (27) and Rachael (24). The much-loved dad had been a heavy smoker.

 

DEVASTATING

Pauline (inset) started smoking in her early teens and finally quit in October 2012.

"We were 20 years married when George died," said Pauline, who lives in Wexford.

She said George's death five-and-a-half years ago was devastating for the children and her.

Although Pauline was not a heavy smoker, averaging 10 to 20 a week, her consumption increased dramatically after her husband died.

"You rely on them as comforters," she said.

Pauline made the decision to give up smoking for her children.

"I just said, 'they only have one parent'," she said.

However, she admits it was a struggle to quit. She went swimming every morning and did 30 minutes of walking a day, in a bid to be healthier.

Pauline appeared in the HSE QUIT campaign's television advert and online film that exposes the sad reality of losing a loved one to a tobacco-related disease.

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