Former smoker, Shawn Wright of Spokane, picked up his first cigarette as a teenager without thinking of the consequences, like so many others. He quit after 30 years of smoking and dedicated his life to exposing the ugly truth about smoking on national television.

Wright’s smoking habit gave him throat cancer. But even through 37 radiation treatments, he continued to smoke. It wasn’t until doctors removed his larynx six years ago that he was ready to quit.

“Looking back, I wish I would’ve quit a lot sooner,” Wright said. “Probably would’ve saved my voice box. What I really want is for people to not go through what I went through.”

Wright said he wants smokers to call the quit line, where former smokers are on the other end: 1-800-QUIT-NOW. For more information, visit the Smoke Free Washington website here.