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July: Independence Day

Independence Day: Gain Freedom From Tobacco Use

This 4th of July, if you smoke, CDC encourages you to declare your independence from cigarettes and live a fuller, healthier life. And if you don't smoke, celebrate your independence. CDC's national tobacco education campaign, Tips From Former Smokers, which features real people who are living with the health consequences caused by smoking, shows how dramatically smoking can affect one's independence and quality of life. Stories from Tips participants also demonstrate firsthand how quitting smoking can improve one’s quality of life, help avoid life-altering illnesses, and help regain personal independence.

Resources for Tobacco Prevention and Control

The following products and resources are available to encourage individuals who smoke to quit and to provide support so they can protect others from secondhand smoke.

Tips Campaign Highlights How Smokers Quit to Protect Their Health

CDC's Tips From Former Smokers campaign features a variety of real people who are suffering from smoking-related illnesses. By showing people whose lives have been impacted by the damage caused by smoking, CDC hopes to encourage smokers to quit and to strongly discourage smoking around children. Meet some of the former smokers featured in the Tips campaign:

  • Meet Tiffany, who quit smoking last year and says she feels a great sense of freedom and control over her life.
  • Meet Mariano, who quit in 2004 and says he now enjoys much greater quality of life.

Support to Quit

The following free resources are available to help smokers quit.

  • 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669)
    Smokers can get free support and advice from experienced counselors, a personalized quit plan, self-help materials, the latest information about cessation medications, and more.
  • is the Department of Health and Human Services' comprehensive Web site providing one-stop access to tobacco-related information from across its agencies. This consolidated resource includes general information on tobacco as well as federal and state laws and policies, health statistics, and evidence-based methods on how to quit.
  • provides free, accurate, evidence-based information and professional assistance to help support the immediate and long-term needs of people trying to quit smoking.
  • is a Spanish-language quitting site.
  • Quit Tobacco: is a Department of Defense-sponsored Web site for military personnel and their families.
  • Help for Smokers and Other Tobacco Users: Quit Smoking is an easy-to-read guide issued by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.
  • How to Quit provides more useful information from CDC to help you quit.