By GUY FLETCHER
Shortly after 5 p.m. Thursday, Hagerstown Mayor Robert E. Bruchey II finished a cigarette before passing through the automatic doors of the Wal-Mart store on Wesel Boulevard.
It was his final smoke in a 11/2-pack-a-day habit that began 20 years ago, he said.
"I'm done," he said, minutes after he dropped an empty pack of Dorals into a cigarette dump box set up at the Great American Smokeout display in the store.
"You've got a rough two weeks ahead, mister," Gene Keller of Hagerstown told Bruchey.
Keller, 67, should know. Nearly three years ago he kicked the habit after smoking for 53 years, he said. But that was only after tried to quit "15 or 20 times" before.