Bobbie Curtis says she'll try to stop after the funeral, but right now. Cyndie shares her story: "I started smoking when I was 11, almost 18 years later I can barely remember why. PETERSBURG -- Cigarette smoke hangs in the air in the room where. Anna started smoking in her early teens, not realizing that she was committing herself to years of enslavement. Some smokers know, deep in their hearts, they want to quit. I felt like I was destined to be addicted to cigarettes; my parents smoked in the home when I was. Cyndie Quit Smoking Cigarettes. Readers' stories of how they quit smoking.