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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is continuing Tips From Former SmokersTM (TipsTM), the national tobacco education ad campaign featuring real people living with the effects of smoking-related diseases or exposure to secondhand. The Tips campaign began in 2012 as the first national campaign sponsored and funded by a federal agency with the goal of educating the public about the harmful effects of smoking and encouraging quitting. The commercials in the Tips campaign show how smoking-related illnesses have forever changed the lives of everyday people.

To receive more information, or to arrange an interview with a subject matter expert, call the Office on Smoking and Health press line at 770.488.5493; or email media@cdc.gov.

For additional information tailored for journalists, please see CDC's Tips From Former Smokers Digital Press Kit, which includes resources, multimedia, and quotes from experts.

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Tips-related Publications and News

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Images and Photos

Tips 2016 Photos

Photo of Becky

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Becky, 54, Ohio; diagnosed with COPD at age 45

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Brian, age 60, Texas; had his first heart attack at age 35

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Rebecca, age 57, Florida; diagnosed with depression at age 33

Photo of Rico

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Rico, age 48, California; smokefree since 2011

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Tips 2015 Photos

Photo of Julia

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Julia, 58, Mississippi; diagnosed with colon cancer at age 49

Photo of Kristy

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Kristy, 35, Tennessee; tried e-cigarettes to quit regular cigarettes but ended up using both

Photo of Mark

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Mark, 47, California; diagnosed with rectal cancer at age 42

Photo of Marlene

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Marlene, 68, New York; started losing her vision at 56

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Tips 2014 Photos

Photo of Amanda

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Amanda, 30, Wisconsin; smoked during pregnancy and had a premature baby

Photo of Brett

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Brett, 50, New Mexico; smoked and lost most of his teeth to gum disease

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Brian, 45, California; had a stroke triggered by smoking combined with HIV

Photo of Felicita

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Felicita, 54, Florida; lost all her teeth by age 50

Photo of Rose

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Rose, 59, Texas; diagnosed with lung cancer that spread to her brain. Rose passed away in January 2015.

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Tips 2013 Photos

Photo of Bill

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Bill, 40, Michigan; diagnosed with diabetes; had other health problems, too. Bill passed away in August 2014.

Photo of Ellie

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Ellie, 57, Florida; had asthma attack triggered by secondhand smoke at 35

Photo of Jamason

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Jamason, 18, Kentucky; had asthma attack triggered by secondhand smoke at 16

Photo of Mariano

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Mariano, 55, Illinois; had open heart surgery at age 47

Photo of Michael

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Michael, 57, Alaska; diagnosed with COPD at age 44

Photo of Nathan

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Nathan, 54, Idaho; had severe lung damage from secondhand smoke exposure. Nathan passed away in October 2013.

Photo of Terrie

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Terrie, 52, North Carolina; diagnosed with oral and throat cancers at 40. Terrie passed away in September 2013.

Photo of Tiffany and her daughter

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Tiffany, 35, Louisiana; quit smoking at 34; smoke-free since January 2012

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Tips 2012 Photos

Photo of Annette

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Annette, 57, New York; diagnosed with lung cancer at age 52

Photo of Brandon

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Brandon, 31, North Dakota; diagnosed with Buerger’s disease at age 18

Photo of Shawn

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Shawn, 51, Washington State; diagnosed with throat cancer at age 46

Horizontal photo of Shawn

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Shawn, 51, Washington State; diagnosed with throat cancer at age 46

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Download Center

CDC's Tips From Former Smokers campaign materials are available without cost. Visit the Download Center to learn more about the parameters and restrictions on their use.

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Matte Articles

Pre-written matte articles ready for adaptation and use by journalists, bloggers, or other members of the media about the Tips from Former Smokers campaign.

Tips Campaign Matte Article for the General Public: CDC's Tips From Former Smokers Campaign Airing a New Round of Hard-Hitting Commercials

Tips Campaign Matte Article for African Americans: CDC Continues Tips From Former Smokers Campaign

Tips Campaign Matte Article for American Indian/Alaska Natives: CDC Continues Tips From Former Smokers Campaign

Tips Campaign Matte Article for Asian Americans: CDC's Tips From Former Smokers Campaign Engages Asian Americans

Tips Campaign Matte Article for Faith Communities: Faith Leaders Unite in Support of CDC's Tips From Former Smokers Campaign

Tips Campaign Matte Article for Hispanics/Latinos: Emotional Ads Show Smoking's Toll in Hispanic and Latino Families

Tips Campaign Matte Article for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Communities: Emotional Ads Show Smoking's Toll in LGBT Communities

 

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Overviews of Diseases / Conditions

Learn the facts about the smoking-related diseases and conditions featured in the campaign. 

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