Beach teen uses Facebook to get her father to quit smoking

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by Karen Hopkins, 13News

WVEC.com

Posted on February 4, 2013 at 2:35 PM

Updated Monday, Feb 4 at 8:21 PM

VIRGINIA BEACH - A Kempsville High School student used social media to help her father quit smoking.

Valerie Diaz posted a photo on Facebook Friday night saying, “My Daddy said that if I get 100,000 likes, he’ll stop smoking.”

Phillip Diaz says he smokes a pack of cigarettes a day and has smoked since he was 13 years old.

Soon after, people started clicking 'like.'

"You got a like from me and I'll pass it on. I smoked for 25 years. It's been 6 years since I quit. Tell your dad it was the best thing I ever did, but as a 25-year smoker, I’m still for smoker's rights,” Mike Daugherty wrote.

Although many users were showing support, others felt bad it she had to go to this length to get her dad to kick the habit.

“It’s sad that she has to get likes for him to quit. All it took for me was my kids and wife to ask and support me,” Lindsey Reville posted.

Diaz also wrote, "I posted this because I want to show my dad that I'm not the only one who cares.” 

Her friends on Facebook and Instagram kept sharing her photo.  By Saturday night, she'd reached her goal.

“We did it!! Over 100,000 likes. Thank you so much! I can't thank you enough. My dad is quitting smoking and it's all thanks to you!”

Mr. Diaz admits quitting will be tough, but he knows he can do it with all the support.

“My daughter brings a tear to my eye. She amazes me every day. It doesn’t surprise me that it got this far,” he said.

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