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Did You Know? is a weekly feature from the Office for State, Tribal, Local and Territorial Support to inform your prevention activities. We invite you to read, share, and take action!

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January 8, 2016

  • More than 18 million US middle and high school youth were exposed to e-cigarette ads in 2014, according to the latest Vital Signs report.
  • Exposure to e-cigarette advertisements might be contributing to increases in e-cigarette use among youth.
  • States and communities can use proven approaches to prevent youth from using tobacco products, including e-cigarettes.

May 1, 2015

March 27, 2015

  • Smoking can cause colorectal cancer and vision loss (macular degeneration), two critical health problems addressed in this year’s Tips From Former Smokers campaign.
  • The Tips campaign is a “best buy” for public health, costing only $393 per year of life saved—see how it works in this infographic [PDF-1.6MB].
  • You can promote smoking cessation by using and sharing Tips campaign resources, including videos, social media messages, print ads, buttons, and more.

February 6, 2015

  • More than 58 million nonsmokers in the US—including 15 million children ages 3-11—are exposed to secondhand smoke, according to the latest CDC Vital Signs.
  • Exposure to secondhand smoke kills more than 41,000 adult nonsmokers each year from heart disease and lung cancer and more than 400 infants from sudden infant death syndrome.
  • Proven interventions, including adopting smoke-free policies for public and residential buildings, can reduce secondhand smoke exposure.

July 11, 2014

  • According to a new Surgeon General’s report, smoking and secondhand smoke cause 480,000 deaths annually in the US, and for every smoking-related death, more than 30 people live with a smoking-related illness.
  • CDC's 2012 Tips from Former Smokers campaign led to an estimated 1.64 million Americans trying to quit smoking, and at least 100,000 of those smokers are expected to stay smokefree.
  • The 2014 Tips campaign features new diseases and conditions in former smokers: HIV and stroke, gum disease/tooth loss, and premature birth.

January 24, 2014

November 22, 2013

April 12, 2013

February 8, 2013

November 9, 2012

March 16, 2012

  • On March 15, 2012, CDC launched Tips from Former Smokers, a national campaign to get smokers to quit and prevent anyone else from starting.
  • Stories and hard-hitting images about ex-smokers, who have suffered severe health consequences from tobacco use, are featured in this compelling campaign.
  • You can encourage smokers to quit and spread the word about the campaign using CDC tools and resources.

November 10, 2011

  • Almost 70 percent of smokers want to quit and more than half tried to quit within the past year.
  • Quitting smoking is associated with many health benefits, including lower risk for cancer and heart disease.
  • The combination of medication and counseling is more effective for smoking cessation than either medication or counseling alone.

September 9, 2011

August 26, 2011

  • Page last reviewed: November 9, 2015
  • Page last updated: January 8, 2016
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