• Sorry for your loss, I had ards and was hooked up like this and understand. I also quit smoking on 3-28-09 and wish I had this pic before! Thank u for sharing this with every1. - valeriethomas76

Last Request: Please Don't Smoke

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My step-father asked me to take this picture of him after he regained consciousness in CCU. He lost the fight with lung disease (Asbestosis, COPD, and Pnuemonia) Friday morning April 18, 2008.

On behalf of my family and me, I would like to thank my friends, family, contacts, strangers, Flickr, and everyone who sent this to a web site, or forwarded it to a smoker. Through responses we have received via comments and e-mails, we know the message was heard around the world. It brings tears of joy to our eyes to know that it was viewed more than 200,000 times, with the blessed result of helping some to decide to quit. Mere words can not express what that has meant to us, nor how the overwhelming response has touched our lives. I just want to hug each and every one of you. It is with a tear in my eye and love in my heart that I say THANK YOU!!!!!!

All photos are copyrighted and are not to be used without my written consent. © Sean Kaufmann

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  1. Nate_1994 70 months ago | reply

    I am so sorry about your loss. I know how it must feel. in may, 2006, i lost my grandfather to smoking. he developed emphysema from smoking 37 years and also be around asbestos at construction sites

  2. Hanoverian 69 months ago | reply

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Mix PICTURE FOR EVERYONE, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

  3. {elle} 68 months ago | reply

    powerful and heartbreaking.

    my condolences on the 2 year anniversary of your stepdad's passing.

    thank you for sharing.

  4. Geoff Livingston 68 months ago | reply

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Faces of COPD, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

  5. Warren Henricus (remz_zeros) 68 months ago | reply

    this is one of the most powerful pictures ive seen.
    sorry for your loss.

  6. CatherineMacgeorge 65 months ago | reply

    this is so striking and powerful. im very sorry for your loss.

  7. kjlyn2010 64 months ago | reply

    I am sorry for your loss, and indeed the picture says it all. To all smokers out there hear him out, he have said it all. Today is the day to quit smoking, not tomorrow, but today.

  8. Marissa Ness 62 months ago | reply

    This is incredible. I'm actually trying to quit smoking, it's super easy for me to give in and get the instant fix but later feel guilty about it. People need to be reminded - I, need to be reminded - that the little inconvenience of irritability and discomfort that come with cravings is minuscule compared to this. Thank you for sharing, I'm sorry for your terrible loss. This is definitely something that will stick with me.

  9. jessicabrookecoffey 61 months ago | reply

    if you would allow me to use this for my public health project that would be great.. please write back! thank you

  10. Freydis85 60 months ago | reply

    Amazing shot. I have cystic fibrosis, its fantastic that he wanted to do this.

  11. manutore 58 months ago | reply

    I'm so sorry for your father....
    I met your photo casually, 2 months ago, just 'zapping' on flickr.
    It was really shocking for me...a smoker...and a mother.
    So I started thinking about cigarettes....and
    I stopped smoking 2 weeks ago.

  12. eiei! 58 months ago | reply

    hi sean, do you mind if i show your step-father's picture to grade school kids so they can avoid smoking & tell their parents to quit smoking?

  13. otxandio 57 months ago | reply

    Thanks for sharing the picture in such a hard moment.stop smoking now..

  14. joyousness1 57 months ago | reply

    This is an amazing photo, and I am going to try to show it to my patients who are "thinking" about quitting smoking. Thank you for sharing!

    A primary care physician

  15. Burning of the Midnight Lamp 51 months ago | reply

    I'm so sorry for your lost.

  16. Epidemiac [deleted] 34 months ago | reply

    One of the most powerful photos I've ever seen on Flickr. Thank you so much for sharing this.

  17. picturesonthenet 27 months ago | reply

    Hi, Sean! This is such a chocking photo. Images are much more persuasive than words... indeed!
    -->I am a Brazilian jornalist and i'd like to use this picture on an article and promote it on Facebook, with your credits and link to this page on Flickr.
    I look forward to your reply

  18. johndekker666 24 months ago | reply

    I don't think these pictures will work on schools. Shocking it is and I'm sorry to read about your loss but for me it worked the opposite way; I began smoking by getting annoyed by those many people trying to convince me smoking is bad... I'm not that occupied with public health. Everyone makes his own choice it seems...

  19. johndekker666 24 months ago | reply

    I'm sorry for your grandfather and terrible he had to suffer this way. On the other hand I doubt the idea that shocking people would change their mind. Personally I always have been surrounded by non-smokers and people who told me how bad it is. My own grandfather died from lungcancer and I was shocked by that. After having lived ultra healthy for the first 20 years of my life, I got blessed by many injuries from sport and changed... I began 'living' including the use of alcohol and soft-drugs. Knowing that that isn't the way either, I tried to stop smoking that much, but cigarettes made place. As a former non-smoker I now feel what some people have to bear all their life: 'stop this, stop that'. Personally I think people should do what they like to do and especially when they want to. If you asked me what I thought of smoking people when I was 16, you'd probably get a very negative response from me, now I know the other side... Yesterday a woman even looked at me and shooked her head when I smoked my second cigarette of the day outside!! Thinking about it I wonder why I don't see many pictures of cakes/candybars with a 'stop' sign. In my opinion 90% of the people is fat and quite bad for public health. Is it good to react the same to fat people? I wonder if I do good when I start making comments to people when they're eating.

  20. johndekker666 24 months ago | reply

    But above all, my condoleances and much strength for the people who stood close to him!

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