By Associated Press - Sunday, July 12, 2015

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - Maine lawmakers are sharing stories about how their lives have been touched by tobacco addiction to help reduce smoking among youth and adults.

The Maine Public Health Association and Maine Cancer Foundation have launched a new video web series featuring several lawmakers, including Democratic Sen. Anne Haskell and Republican Rep. Matt Pouliot. Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap and former broadcast reporter Felicia Knight also are featured.

Haskell tells the story of the death of her husband at the age of 53 to lung cancer. Pouliot describes his grandfather’s challenge to quit smoking, his struggle with his grandfather’s death and how that has motivated him to never smoke again.

The videos have been released on public health websites and social media.

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