BRANSON, Mo. -

Married for 18 years, Dave and Kate Jones do practically everything together.  They even work together at CoxHealth in Branson, where Kate is in information technology, and Dave works in security.

"We're exercising a lot more.  We're not sitting around as much.  We try to walk at least a mile a day," Dave Jones said.

The Joneses are even getting healthy as a team following many years of smoking together.

"It was just an addiction.  I really didn't like it.  I didn't like the smell, didn't like the taste, didn't like the way it made me feel," Kate Jones said.

Taney County has the highest smoking rate in the state with 40 percent of all adults  being smokers.  That compares to a smoking rate of 25 percent of adults in the state of Missouri and 18 percent of adults nationwide, according to the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services.

After nearly 40 years of smoking a pack or more a day and many failed attempts to quit, the couple finally found a system that worked.

"The thing I liked about it is nobody judged you; nobody looked down on you," Dave Jones said.

The husband and wife enrolled in a class offered at CoxHealth in Branson.  According to the Centers for Disease Control, people who try to quit, as part of a larger group, are six times more likely to be successful than those who try to quit independently.

"We build on those relationships as we go.  They walk out of that first session and have confidence and sharing what their feelings and needs are," said Jim Brawner, the instructor.

The Joneses are building on those feelings of success as they continue to share their new healthy lifestyle.

"We both feel better.  We're happier.  Our kids are thrilled.  We have more energy; we have more time.  We feel better; it's great," Kate Jones said.