OGDEN -- For five years, Scarlet Hartwell saved to buy a car with leather interior, one she swore she would never smoke in.
But after two weeks of owning the car, the Ogden woman's "cunning, powerful" addiction won, with the hot embers from her cigarettes falling to the floorboard, burning holes in the mats.
"If you saved for five years, you would think you would honor that car," said Hartwell, 61, an aerospace worker who has been smoking for nearly 40 years. She is part of the Utah Department of Health's first "Be a Quitter" tobacco campaign.
She is one of seven Utahns working with the state health department in documenting their effort to quit smoking for a statewide ad campaign.
Hartwell and the other participants have been provided iPads to share their experience on video and inspire others looking to quit tobacco. Hartwell will take her iPad weekly to the Weber-Morgan County Health Department to have her video downloaded.
The hope is the video will show the reality behind people trying to quit smoking, said Janae Duncan, program manager for Tobacco Control and Prevention with UDOH.
"We wanted to highlight a variety of people," said Duncan, who admires those who have publicly stepped forward in an attempt to quit.
"For most people, it takes many attempts to quit smoking."
Duncan said she recognizes Hartwell's courage because she has been a smoker for a long time.
"We are to record ourselves as we go through this journey," said Hartwell, who quit smoking Feb. 19. "It's warts and all."
By kicking the habit, Hartwell said she is hoping for a brighter, whiter smile, saving roughly $200 a month by not buying cigarettes and eliminating the need to trek through the elements to reach the "smoke shack" outside her workplace.
"I was almost up to a pack a day," said Hartwell, who is also looking forward to being able to breathe easier.
Being addicted to tobacco, Hartwell said, is like having a second job -- you continually have to prep for the next day to make certain there are cigarettes in the house when you wake.
Going public with her effort, Hartwell said, makes her anxious. But having someone she is accountable to, in this case UDOH, will make her more determined to quit smoking and will provide her with the assistance she needs to get through it.
"I have wanted to quit smoking for a very long time," she said. "I just thought I couldn't do it."
Having smoked for about 40 years, Hartwell realizes she is in for a fight and she intends to adopt a philosophy of taking it one day at a time.
"You have 24 hours. That is one more day," she said.
Others participating in the Be a Quitter campaign are married couple Mary Beth and Bob Stover, of North Salt Lake; Chelsea Kessler, of Park City; Tanner McCormack, of Tooele; and Kathy Ott and Gavin Hoffman, both of Salt Lake City.