To see my children (ages 16, 12, 9, 7) touch their once robust, jolly father who lay lifeless in his hospital bed and know he was dying just killed me.
Two days later, we were all around him as he took his last breath.
He was so full of life, until chewing tobacco took his life. Jenny Kern NOTE: This article was originally sent to The Quit Smokeless Organization and is archived here to ensure that as many people are made aware of Tom Kern’s story as possible.
I am glad that so many people have been helped by this website. I want to thank you for letting me tell Tom’s story, for e-mails I’ve received, for entries on Tom’s caring bridge website, for financial support, and for your prayers.
Men may be less supportive than women in helping their partners to quit.