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Tips From Former Smokers Ad Campaign 2013

Continuing with the success of last year’s national tobacco education ad campaign, “Tips from Former Smokers,” a second series of ads was launched today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  The ads feature compelling stories of former smokers living with smoking-related diseases and disabilities.  Beginning Monday, ads will run for at least 12 weeks on television, radio, and billboards, online, and in theaters, magazines, and newspapers nationwide.

  • The ads feature smoking-related health conditions— including chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or COPD, more severe adult asthma, and complications from diabetes, such as blindness, kidney failure, heart disease, and amputation—and candidly describe the losses from smoking and the gains from quitting
  • Despite the known dangers of tobacco use, nearly one in five adults in the United States still smoke.  Almost 90 percent of smokers started before they were 18, and many of them experience life-changing health effects at a relatively early age. Smoking harms nearly every organ in the body. 
  • More than 440,000 Americans each year lose their lives to smoking-related diseases, and for every one death 20 more continue living with one or more serious illnesses from smoking.  Nearly 70 percent of smokers say they want to quit.  

The education campaign provides motivation, information, and quit help to those who want it.  For more information on the campaign, including profiles of the former smokers, links to the ads, and free quit help, visit www.cdc.gov/tips.

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  • Tips from Former Smokers

    Tips from Former Smokers

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  • Don’t wait for open heart surgery to stop smoking.

    Don’t wait for open heart surgery to stop smoking.

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  • I quit so I can be around for my daughter

    I quit so I can be around for my daughter

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  • Second hand smoke triggers severe asthma attacks

    Second hand smoke triggers severe asthma attacks

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  • If you smoke with Diabetes, plan for amputation, fidney failure, heart surgery ... or all three.

    If you smoke with Diabetes, plan for amputation, fidney failure, heart surgery ... or all three.

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  • Cuéntale a Las generaciones futuras el daño que causa el humo de segunda mano

    Cuéntale a Las generaciones futuras el daño que causa el humo de segunda mano.

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  • Record your voice for loved ones while you still can.

    Record your voice for loved ones while you still can.

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  • Don’t wait for open heart surgery to stop smoking.

    Don’t wait for open heart surgery to stop smoking.

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  • Si quieres tener una carrera como cantante, aléjate del humo de segunda mano.

    Si quieres tener una carrera como cantante, aléjate del humo de segunda mano.

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Contact Information

CDC Media Relations
(404) 639-3286
media@cdc.gov

Spokesperson

Tom Frieden, MD, MPH

Biography

Thomas R. Frieden, MD, MPH

Smoking and secondhand smoke kill – and they also harm smokers and non-smokers. The Tips from Former Smokers campaign shows the painful effects of smoking through former smokers, in a way that numbers alone cannot.

These are the kinds of ads that smokers tell us help motivate them to quit, saving lives and money.

Tom Frieden, MD, MPH - Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

 
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