Kim and her husband Eddie are raising two children. Taylor, their daughter, is seven years old and their son Jackson is five. Kim currently stays home with her children, volunteering a great deal at their school, but formerly worked as a middle-school teacher. Because both her children are very athletic, she uses this topic to talk to them about the dangers of smoking. She has taught her daughter that serious athletes do not smoke because they need their full lung capacity to perform their best.
“When we go to my sister’s house and she’s outside smoking it initiates the conversation. I say, yes she smokes, but that isn’t something I want you to try or do. I tell them if they smoke it is something that will hurt them physically.”
Kim has a sister who currently smokes and, although Kim desperately wants her sister to quit, she uses her sister’s situation as a teaching tool with her children. Even though her sister has battled cancer, she has been unable to quit. Kim allows her sister to talk to her children and tell them how addictive cigarettes are and how hard it is to quit. Kim’s sister has actively campaigned against the children in their family ever trying a cigarette.