Every year, the Great American Smokeout encourages Americans to quit smoking for a day--or forever.
Oscar Davenport chose the latter.
"My wife and my daughter sat me down and challenged me to quit," said Davenport, a probation officer in Bryan-College Station. "What reall got me was my daughter telling me she wanted me to live longer."
Davenport says he's never faltered since that day 11 years ago.
"It was a struggle, absolutely," said Davenport. "It was the habit of it, plus most of the family I grew up with still smoked."
The Great American Smokeout is held on the third Thursday of every November, now a nationwide reminder that quitting is possible, if not easy.
Davenport says it was made easier, however, by the fact that he had loved ones supporting him through the process.
"The reminder, every day, that they really wanted this for me helped," said Davenport. His message now to others thinking of quitting?
"You can do it," said Davenport. "I'm a living witness to that fact."