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Amanda

Amanda's AdAmanda's Ad Amanda tried hard to quit smoking while she was pregnant, but she was unable to overcome her addiction to cigarettes. In this TV ad, Amanda talks about the weeks that her baby girl spent in a hospital incubator, after she was born 2 months early.

Amanda's StoryAmanda's Story Amanda grew up in a family of smokers and picked up her first cigarette in the 5th grade. In college, when she learned she was pregnant, she tried to quit but couldn't beat the addiction. In this video, Amanda talks about being rushed to the hospital, where her baby was born 2 months early, at just 3 pounds.

Beatrice

Beatrice's StoryBeatrice's Story Beatrice's son, Nick, wrote her a letter urging her to quit smoking. In this video from CDC's Tips From Former Smokers campaign, she tells how this act of love gave her the courage to end a lifelong habit.

Beatrice: I Told Everyone I Stopped SmokingBeatrice: "I Told Everyone I Stopped Smoking" Beatrice describes some of the techniques she used to recognize and avoid her smoking triggers that helped her to quit smoking. Even though it was hard to do, by making a plan and sticking to it, she beat her addiction to cigarettes and stopped smoking for good. This video is part of CDC's campaign, Tips From Former Smokers.

Cessation Tips AdCessation Tips Ad You can quit smoking! This inspiring TV ad features Beatrice, James, and Wilma — three people who successfully quit smoking after many years. They share their practical tips on how to quit for good in this ad from CDC's Tips From Former Smokers campaign.

Bill

Bill's Ad: Smoking and DiabetesBill's Ad: Smoking and Diabetes Bill had diabetes and he used to smoke. Cigarette smoking made his diabetes much worse. In this TV spot, Bill explains the serious health problems he developed by age 40, including kidney failure, blindness in one eye, and a leg amputated due to poor circulation. Bill suggests that smokers make a list of everything they are willing to give up if they continue to smoke. Bill died from heart disease at age 42.

Bill: Life Is So DifferentBill: Life Is So Different Bill started smoking as a teenager and ignored his doctor's warning that smoking could make his diabetes much worse. In this video, Bill explains how different his life is now. He quit smoking before he turned 40, but not before losing a leg, kidney function, and the sight in one eye.

Bill's StoryBill: Smoking and Diabetes Don't Mix Bill, a person with diabetes, started smoking at 15, not realizing the problems it would eventually cause him and his family. He didn't stop smoking until he was almost 40—after having had a leg amputated. In this emotional video, Bill encourages others to quit smoking, too.

Brandon

Brandon's StoryBrandon's Story Brandon describes losing his foot, fingers, and other body parts to Buerger's disease, a disorder linked to smoking, and testifies to the strength of addiction in this video from CDC's Tips From Former Smokers campaign.

Buerger's Disease AdBuerger's Disease Ad Smoking causes Buerger's disease, which can lead to amputations. In this TV ad, Brandon and Marie talk about living with the effects of Buerger's disease as part of CDC's Tips From Former Smokers campaign.

Brett

Brett's AdBrett's Ad Brett started smoking at age 16. By his midthirties, Brett had gum disease—a danger for all smokers. By age 42, he had lost most of his teeth, including 16 during one surgery. In this TV ad, Brett says that your smile says a lot about you, and smoking can take that smile away.

Brett's StoryBrett's Story Brett started smoking when he was 16 to impress a girl. By his midthirties, he had gum disease and the tissues and bones holding his teeth in place were breaking down. In this video, Brett talks about his addiction. Even right after surgery to pull out 16 teeth, Brett was still smoking.

Brett and Felicita's AdFelicita and Brett's Ad Felicita started smoking at age 12 and Brett at age 16. Neither of them knew that smoking could harm their gums and teeth. In this bilingual TV ad, Brett and Felicita advise people not to smoke if they want to keep their teeth and their smiles.

Brian

brian's AdBrian's Story Smoking is especially dangerous for people who are living with HIV, the virus that can cause AIDS. Brian learned that lesson the hard way, when he had a stroke—a brain attack—at age 43. In this video, Brian talks about surviving HIV-related medical problems—then nearly losing his life because of smoking.



Ellie

Ellie: It was Terrifying to Get an Asthma AttackEllie: "It was Terrifying to Get an Asthma Attack" Ellie was in her mid-30's when she had her first asthma attack — triggered by exposure to secondhand smoke. She loved her job as a bartender, but began to dread going to work. In this video from CDC's Tips From Former Smokers campaign she says, "I could feel my lungs getting tighter. I knew I couldn't be around the smoke or I was going to die, or something bad was going to happen to me." Eventually Ellie quit her job for the sake of her health, but feels everyone deserves to have a safe and healthy work environment.

Ellie: Smoke and the LGBT Scene Ellie: Smoke and the LGBT Scene Ellie never smoked, but she developed asthma from secondhand smoke exposure. She worked in bars that served the LGBT communities and noticed lots of smokers. Ellie loved the work but quit to save her health. In this video, she talks about smoking and how people define their personal identity.

Felicita

Felicita's AdFelicita's Story Felicita started smoking at age 12. By the time she was 40, Felicita had developed gum disease and had loose teeth—but like many people, she did not have a lot of pain as the gum disease got worse. In this video, Felicita talks about getting life-changing news from her dentist.

Brett and Felicita's AdFelicita and Brett's Ad Felicita started smoking at age 12 and Brett at age 16. Neither of them knew that smoking could harm their gums and teeth. In this bilingual TV ad, Brett and Felicita advise people not to smoke if they want to keep their teeth and their smiles.



Jamason

Jamason: I Didn't Know Why I Couldn't BreatheJamason: "I Didn't Know Why I Couldn't Breathe" Jamason and his mother Sherri talk about the day Jamason had to go to the hospital after having a severe asthma attack at work, triggered by exposure to secondhand smoke. Recounting the drive to the hospital, Sherri said, "I just held his hand, and told him just squeeze it every now and then so I know he's breathing." In this video from CDC's Tips From Former Smokers campaign, Jamason admits that after such a severe attack, he was afraid to leave the hospital because he knew that outside, in the real world, people smoke.

Jamason: Please Don't Smoke Near MeJamason: Please Don't Smoke Near Me Jamason had a severe asthma attack triggered by secondhand smoke when he was 16. He spent four days in the hospital, gasping for breath. In this video, he talks about asking people not to smoke near him,  ...because that is my life. 

James

James' StoryJames' Story James started smoking as a kid to be like his father. He discusses his father's health problems and their relationship in this video from CDC's Tips From Former Smokers campaign.

James: I Can't Be Diabetic and Smoke TooJames: "I Can't Be Diabetic and Smoke Too" When James was told he had diabetes, he knew he had to stop smoking in order to better manage his health. His healthcare provider told him that he needed to exercise more, and he found that smoking cigarettes made exercising difficult. For James, this became an important reason to quit smoking for good. This video is part of CDC's campaign, Tips From Former Smokers.

James: No, I Won't Buy You SmokesJames: "No, I Won't Buy You Smokes" You never know when a decision you make could undermine your choice to quit smoking. James describes a moment he had with his roommate after he had resolved to stop smoking cigarettes. James realized the potential for relapse, and took steps to make sure that it didn't happen. This video is part of CDC's campaign, Tips From Former Smokers.

Cessation Tips AdCessation Tips Ad You can quit smoking! This inspiring TV ad features Beatrice, James and Wilma — three people who successfully quit smoking after many years. They share their practical tips on how to quit for good in this ad from CDC's Tips From Former Smokers campaign.

Jessica

Jessica's Asthma AdJessica's Asthma Ad Exposure to secondhand smoke can trigger a life-threatening asthma attack. This TV ad, from CDC's Tips campaign, features Jessica, a mother with a young son who suffers from asthma attacks due to secondhand smoke exposure. In her tip, she urges people not to be shy to tell people not to smoke around kids.

Un consejo de Jessica sobre el asmaJessica in Spanish: Un consejo de Jessica sobre el asma (en Español) La exposición al humo de segunda mano puede provocar un ataque de asma que puede ser mortal. Este comercial de televisión de la campaña de los CDC Consejos de exfumadores, muestra a Jessica, la madre de un niño pequeño que tiene ataques de asma por la exposición al humo de segunda mano. Ella les pide a las personas que no les dé pena decirles a otras que no fumen cerca de sus hijos.

Mariano

Mariano: La suerte de tener otra oportunidadMariano in Spanish: La suerte de tener otra oportunidad (en Español) Mariano fumó cigarrillos durante 30 años. Un día se despertó y se sintió mareado y con náuseas. "No sabía qué me pasaba y empecé a sudar". Mariano necesitó una operación a corazón abierto para salvar su vida. En este video de la campaña de los CDC Consejos de exfumadores, él afirma: "Tuve la suerte de tener una segunda oportunidad en la vida". Mariano espera que otros no arriesguen su salud y que dejen de fumar hoy.

Marie

Marie's StoryMarie's Story Marie talks about discovering she had Buerger’s disease, an illness caused by smoking, and its effects on her life in this video from CDC's Tips From Former Smokers campaign.

Michael

Michael's Ad: COPD and SmokingMichael's Ad: COPD and Smoking Michael, who is in his 50s, has Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) —a condition caused by smoking—that makes it harder and harder to breathe. In this TV commercial from CDC's Tips From Former Smokers campaign, Michael offers a tip that if your doctor gives you 5 years to live, like his doctor did, spend it sharing your wisdom and love with your children and grandchildren so they have something to remember you by.

Michael: I Live in Constant FearMichael: I Live in Constant Fear Michael, an Alaska Native, was shocked when doctors found serious lung damage from smoking. He was only 44. In this video, Michael talks about living in constant fear. Smoking gave him COPD, a disease that makes it harder and harder to breathe. He says, "If I get the flu, I can die."

Michael: My body screamed for air!Michael: "My body screamed for air!" Michael suffers from COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), which makes it harder for a person to breathe and can cause death. In this video from CDC's Tips From Former Smokers campaign, Michael talks about how he wishes he had never started smoking, and the damage it caused to his lungs. He describes waking up one morning unable to breathe and having to go to the hospital. He also talks about the pain his condition has brought to his family.

Michael: I started smoking at age nineMichael: I Started Smoking at Age 9 Michael started smoking at age 9, when his sister gave him his first cigarette. In this video, he talks about getting addicted as a child. By age 44, he had a serious lung disease. He says, "It's my desire that… you won't come to this place…."

Nathan

Nathan's Ad: Secondhand Smoke AsthmaNathan's Ad: Secondhand Smoke Asthma Nathan was surrounded by secondhand smoke every day at work. This caused permanent lung damage and triggered severe asthma attacks. Nathan himself never smoked. In this TV commercial from CDC's Tips From Former Smokers campaign, Nathan tells viewers that because of his health problems, he could no longer work at the same job or participate in some of his favorite activities. Nathan died at age 54 of illnesses caused by secondhand smoke exposure.

Nathan: I never smoked a day in my life!Nathan: "I never smoked a day in my life!" Nathan was Lakota, a member of the Oglala Sioux tribe, and never smoked. However, he worked in a facility where smoking was allowed, and experienced health problems as a result. In this video from CDC's Tips From Former Smokers campaign, Nathan describes his health problems—including asthma—triggered by exposure to secondhand smoke. He had to give up many activities he loved, including tribal dancing, because of damage to his lungs. That damage led to his early death at age 54.

Nathan: Sidelined by Other People's Smoke Nathan: Sidelined by Other People's Smoke Nathan worked in a smoky casino for 11 years. It robbed him of his health and a favorite pastime—tribal dancing. Although Nathan never smoked, secondhand smoke damaged his lungs. In this video, shot before his death, Nathan talks about how he copes. He died at 54 of illnesses caused by secondhand smoke exposure.

Roosevelt

Roosevelt's AdRoosevelt's Ad Roosevelt never thought that at 45-years-old he would have a heart attack due to his smoking. In this TV ad, from CDC's Tips From Former Smokers campaign, he talks about the impact his smoking-related heart attack has had on his life.

Roosevelt's StoryRoosevelt's Story Roosevelt, who had a heart attack and six artery bypasses as a result of smoking, tells how his health problems prevent him from being active with his children in this video from CDC's Tips From Former Smokers campaign.

Roosevelt: It's Hard to QuitRoosevelt: "It's Hard to Quit" Even when the effects of smoking stare you in the face, it can be hard to stop smoking. Roosevelt talks about how difficult it was for him to quit smoking cigarettes even after having heart bypass surgery. This video is part of CDC's campaign, Tips From Former Smokers.

Roosevelt: Stop Believing That LieRoosevelt: "Stop Believing That Lie" Roosevelt talks about how hard it is to quit smoking, and that people often lie to themselves about the effects of smoking cigarettes. He emphasizes that it's important to try to stop smoking, both for yourself and for your loved ones. This video is part of CDC's campaign, Tips From Former Smokers.

Roosevelt: Younger Smokers Think They Aren't AddictedRoosevelt: "Younger Smokers Think They Aren't Addicted" Roosevelt tried to stop smoking cigarettes many times before he succeeded. He talks about smokers who try to fool themselves about their addiction, even though most of them want to quit smoking. This video is part of CDC's campaign, Tips From Former Smokers.

Rose

Rose's AdRose's Ad Rose developed lung cancer from smoking cigarettes. In this TV ad, she talks about her surgery and difficult recovery. Every day for a month after surgery, Rose prayed that doctors would take out a painful chest tube. Rose's tip is "Be careful what you wish for." There was more pain to come when the chest tube finally came out.

Rose's StoryRose's Story Rose started smoking at 13, and before long, she was spending her lunch money on cigarettes instead of food. Her addiction led to lung cancer—and the fight of her life. In this video, Rose talks about cancer. She never believed it would happen to her. Rose has had surgery twice to fight the disease.

Shane

Shane's StoryShane's Story Shane, whose throat cancer was a result of smoking, discusses how he didn't realize the health complications that could result from tobacco use in this video from CDC's Tips From Former Smokers campaign.

Anthem AdAnthem Ad This TV ad, from CDC's Tips From Former Smokers campaign, features Shane, Sharon, and Shawn — three people who have stomas as a result of their smoking. They provide tips on how to live with this condition.

Sharon

Sharon's StorySharon's Story Sharon was diagnosed with throat cancer in her thirties. She talks about how she never thought smoking would lead to problems at such a young age in this video from CDC's Tips From Former Smokers campaign.

Anthem AdAnthem Ad This TV ad, from CDC's Tips From Former Smokers campaign, features Shane, Sharon, and Shawn — three people who have stomas as a result of their smoking. They provide tips on how to live with this condition.

Shawn

Shawn's AdShawn's Ad Shawn was 14 years old when he started smoking. In his midforties, a chronic cough and laryngitis turned out to be throat cancer. He finally quit smoking—but doctors were unable to save his larynx. In this TV ad, Shawn talks about the hardships of life with a stoma, a permanent opening in your throat.

Shawn's StoryShawn's Story Shawn, diagnosed with throat cancer in his mid-forties, discusses how he never thought he'd get sick as a result of smoking in this video from CDC's Tips From Former Smokers campaign.

Shawn's Struggle to Quit SmokingShawn's Struggle to Quit Smoking In this video, Shawn talks about his addiction to cigarettes and his struggle to quit smoking, even after throat cancer. It wasn't until his voice box was removed that he quit. He finally realized "You either quit smoking or you're going to die." This video is part of CDC's Tips From Former Smokers campaign.

Anthem AdAnthem Ad This TV ad, from CDC's Tips From Former Smokers campaign, features Shane, Sharon, and Shawn — three people who have stomas as a result of their smoking. They provide tips on how to live with this condition.

Suzy

Suzy's AdSuzy's Ad Smoking contributes to one in five strokes in the United States. In this TV ad for CDC's Tips From Former Smokers campaign, Suzy talks about losing her independence after smoking caused her to have a stroke.

Un consejo de SuzySuzy in English with Spanish subtitles: Un consejo de Suzy (en Inglés con subtítulos en Español) El tabaquismo es un factor que contribuye a uno de cada cinco accidentes cerebrovasculares en los EE. UU. En este anuncio televisivo de la campaña de los CDC Consejos de exfumadores, Suzy cuenta que perdió su independencia después de sufrir un accidente cerebrovascular a causa del cigarrillo.

Terrie

Terrie's AdTerrie's Ad Smoking causes cancer. In this TV ad for CDC's Tips From Former Smokers campaign, Terrie talks about how she gets ready for the day after the effects of treatments for throat cancer caused her to lose her teeth and hair, and to have a laryngecotomy.

Terrie's Ad: Consequences of SmokingTerrie's Ad: Consequences of Smoking Terrie had cancer as a result of smoking. In a 2012 Tips From Former Smokers TV commercial, Terrie showed us how she got ready for her day. In this video, Terrie shares that the only voice her grandson ever heard was an artificial one. He was born after doctors removed her larynx. Her tip to smokers is to "make a video or recording of yourself reading a children's storybook and singing a lullaby—before smoking affects your health."

Terrie's Ad: Don't SmokeTerrie's Ad: Don't Smoke Smoking gave Terrie cancer at age 40. In this TV commercial, she speaks from a hospital bed. She shares a simple message: "Don’t smoke. And if you do smoke, quit. Keep trying until you succeed." Terrie died shortly after filming this TV ad. She was 53.

Terrie's Ad: Teenage RegretsTerrie's Ad: Teenage Regrets Terrie started smoking in high school to look cool. Soon, cigarettes became her constant companion. Then at age 40, Terrie got cancer from smoking and started years of medical treatments. Shortly before her death, she talked about the heartache of seeing teenagers smoking.

Terrie's Place in HistoryTerrie's Place in History When Terrie was a child, doctors first linked smoking with cancer. As a teen, Terrie started smoking. As she grew older, smoking was linked to more and more diseases. At age 40, Terrie got cancer. In this TV ad, photos of Terrie put a human face on the millions killed by smoking.

Terrie's StoryTerrie's Story Terrie, diagnosed with throat and oral cancer, describes how her addiction to tobacco and cigarettes had her smoking right up to the front door of the hospital the day of her surgery, and what finally made her quit. This video is part of CDC's Tips From Former Smokers campaign.

Terrie: Little Things I Miss Terrie: Little Things I Miss Terrie got shocking news when she was 40. She had cancer from smoking cigarettes. Rather than retreat, Terrie shared her struggles with the world. In this video, Terrie talks about little things she missed because of mouth and throat surgeries–like cooing to a baby. Terrie died of cancer from smoking at age 53.

Terrie: Terrie, What Are You Doing?Terrie: "Terrie, What Are You Doing?" Terrie smoked her first cigarette at 13. In 2000, she found a sore in her mouth that was diagnosed as oral cancer. Later she found out she had throat cancer. In this video from CDC's Tips From Former Smokers campaign, Terrie talks about getting home from the hospital after having surgery and her first realization that she had to quit smoking. She picked up a cigarette, put it in her mouth, and "for the first time, I looked at myself in the mirror, and I thought, 'Terrie, what are you doing?'"



Tiffany

Tiffany's Ad: Smoking and FamilyTiffany's Ad: Smoking and Family When Tiffany was 16, her mother—a cigarette smoker—died of lung cancer. Despite her loss, Tiffany started smoking 3 years later. In this TV commercial from CDC's Tips From Former Smokers campaign, Tiffany says she quit smoking at 34 because she could not bear the thought of missing out on any part of her own daughter's life.

Tiffany: How I Quit SmokingTiffany: How I Quit Smoking Tiffany had an emotional reason to quit smoking: as a teen, she lost her mother to lung cancer. She knew that restroom breaks and car trips would tempt her, so she carefully planned to quit by using nicotine patches, walking, and friends' support. In this video, Tiffany talks about how she quit smoking for good.

Tiffany: Surprising Things About QuittingTiffany: Surprising Things About Quitting Tiffany didn't think about all the ways smoking hurt her daily life until she quit. Then life quickly started getting better. Food tasted better. She had more energy and more confidence. And there was one big surprise. In this video she says, "The money I save from not smoking is absolutely great!"

Tiffany: You Don't Quit Just for YourselfTiffany: You Don't Quit Just for Yourself Tiffany talks about losing her mother, a smoker, to lung cancer when she was 16. Despite this, Tiffany smoked for years before realizing what she might miss in her own daughter's life. In this video from CDC's Tips From Former Smokers campaign, Tiffany's daughter's, Jaelin, says she cannot imagine living without her mother. Jaelin goes on to tell her mom how proud she is of her for quitting smoking for good.

Wilma

Cessation Tips AdCessation Tips Ad You can quit smoking! This inspiring TV ad features Beatrice, James and Wilma — three people who successfully quit smoking after many years. They share their practical tips on how to quit for good in this ad from CDC's Tips From Former Smokers campaign.

Videos by Disease/Condition

Asthma | Buerger's Disease | Cancer | Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) | Diabetes | Gum Disease | Heart Disease / Stroke | HIV | Pregnancy | Quitting


Asthma

Ellie: It was Terrifying to Get an Asthma AttackEllie: "It was Terrifying to Get an Asthma Attack" Ellie was in her mid-30's when she had her first asthma attack — triggered by exposure to secondhand smoke. She loved her job as a bartender, but began to dread going to work. In this video from CDC's Tips From Former Smokers campaign she says, "I could feel my lungs getting tighter. I knew I couldn't be around the smoke or I was going to die, or something bad was going to happen to me." Eventually Ellie quit her job for the sake of her health, but feels everyone deserves to have a safe and healthy work environment.

Ellie: Smoke and the LGBT Scene Ellie: Smoke and the LGBT Scene Ellie never smoked, but she developed asthma from secondhand smoke exposure. She worked in bars that served the LGBT communities and noticed lots of smokers. Ellie loved the work but quit to save her health. In this video, she talks about smoking and how people define their personal identity.

Jamason: I Didn't Know Why I Couldn't BreatheJamason: "I Didn't Know Why I Couldn't Breathe" Jamason and his mother Sherri talk about the day Jamason had to go to the hospital after having a severe asthma attack at work, triggered by exposure to secondhand smoke. Recounting the drive to the hospital, Sherri said, "I just held his hand, and told him just squeeze it every now and then so I know he's breathing." In this video from CDC's Tips From Former Smokers campaign, Jamason admits that after such a severe attack, he was afraid to leave the hospital because he knew that outside, in the real world, people smoke.

Jamason: Please Don't Smoke Near MeJamason: Please Don't Smoke Near Me Jamason had a severe asthma attack triggered by secondhand smoke when he was 16. He spent four days in the hospital, gasping for breath. In this video, he talks about asking people not to smoke near him,  ...because that is my life. 

Jessica's Asthma AdJessica's Asthma Ad Exposure to secondhand smoke can trigger a life-threatening asthma attack. This TV ad, from CDC's Tips campaign, features Jessica, a mother with a young son who suffers from asthma attacks due to secondhand smoke exposure. In her tip, she urges people not to be shy to tell people not to smoke around kids.

Un consejo de Jessica sobre el asmaJessica in Spanish: Un consejo de Jessica sobre el asma (en Español) La exposición al humo de segunda mano puede provocar un ataque de asma que puede ser mortal. Este comercial de televisión de la campaña de los CDC Consejos de exfumadores, muestra a Jessica, la madre de un niño pequeño que tiene ataques de asma por la exposición al humo de segunda mano. Ella les pide a las personas que no les dé pena decirles a otras que no fumen cerca de sus hijos.

Nathan's Ad: Secondhand Smoke AsthmaNathan's Ad: Secondhand Smoke Asthma Nathan was surrounded by secondhand smoke every day at work. This caused permanent lung damage and triggered severe asthma attacks. Nathan himself never smoked. In this TV commercial from CDC's Tips From Former Smokers campaign, Nathan tells viewers that because of his health problems, he could no longer work at the same job or participate in some of his favorite activities. Nathan died at age 54 of illnesses caused by secondhand smoke exposure.

Nathan: I never smoked a day in my life!Nathan: "I never smoked a day in my life!" Nathan was Lakota, a member of the Oglala Sioux tribe, and never smoked. However, he worked in a facility where smoking was allowed, and experienced health problems as a result. In this video from CDC's Tips From Former Smokers campaign, Nathan describes his health problems—including asthma—triggered by exposure to secondhand smoke. He had to give up many activities he loved, including tribal dancing, because of damage to his lungs. That damage led to his early death at age 54.

Nathan: Sidelined by Other People's Smoke Nathan: Sidelined by Other People's Smoke Nathan worked in a smoky casino for 11 years. It robbed him of his health and a favorite pastime—tribal dancing. Although Nathan never smoked, secondhand smoke damaged his lungs. In this video, shot before his death, Nathan talks about how he copes. He died at 54 of illnesses caused by secondhand smoke exposure.

Buerger's Disease

Brandon's StoryBrandon's Story Brandon describes losing his foot, fingers, and other body parts to Buerger's disease, a disorder linked to smoking, and testifies to the strength of addiction in this video from CDC's Tips From Former Smokers campaign.

Buerger's Disease AdBuerger's Disease Ad Smoking causes Buerger's disease, which can lead to amputations. In this TV ad, Brandon and Marie talk about living with the effects of Buerger's disease as part of CDC's Tips From Former Smokers campaign.

Marie's StoryMarie's Story Marie talks about discovering she had Buerger’s disease, an illness caused by smoking, and its effects on her life in this video from CDC's Tips From Former Smokers campaign.

Cancer

Anthem AdAnthem Ad This TV ad, from CDC's Tips From Former Smokers campaign, features Shane, Sharon, and Shawn — three people who have stomas as a result of their smoking. They provide tips on how to live with this condition.

Rose's AdRose's Ad Rose developed lung cancer from smoking cigarettes. In this TV ad, she talks about her surgery and difficult recovery. Every day for a month after surgery, Rose prayed that doctors would take out a painful chest tube. Rose's tip is "Be careful what you wish for." There was more pain to come when the chest tube finally came out.

Rose's StoryRose's Story Rose started smoking at 13, and before long, she was spending her lunch money on cigarettes instead of food. Her addiction led to lung cancer—and the fight of her life. In this video, Rose talks about cancer. She never believed it would happen to her. Rose has had surgery twice to fight the disease.

Shane's StoryShane's Story Shane, whose throat cancer was a result of smoking, discusses how he didn't realize the health complications that could result from tobacco use in this video from CDC's Tips From Former Smokers campaign.

Sharon's StorySharon's Story Sharon was diagnosed with throat cancer in her thirties. She talks about how she never thought smoking would lead to problems at such a young age in this video from CDC's Tips From Former Smokers campaign.

Shawn's AdShawn's Ad Shawn was 14 years old when he started smoking. In his midforties, a chronic cough and laryngitis turned out to be throat cancer. He finally quit smoking—but doctors were unable to save his larynx. In this TV ad, Shawn talks about the hardships of life with a stoma, a permanent opening in your throat.

Shawn's StoryShawn's Story Shawn, diagnosed with throat cancer in his mid-forties, discusses how he never thought he'd get sick as a result of smoking in this video from CDC's Tips From Former Smokers campaign.

Shawn's Struggle to Quit SmokingShawn's Struggle to Quit Smoking In this video, Shawn talks about his addiction to cigarettes and his struggle to quit smoking, even after throat cancer. It wasn't until his voice box was removed that he quit. He finally realized "You either quit smoking or you're going to die." This video is part of CDC's Tips From Former Smokers campaign.

Terrie's AdTerrie's Ad Smoking causes cancer. In this TV ad for CDC's Tips From Former Smokers campaign, Terrie talks about how she gets ready for the day after the effects of treatments for throat cancer caused her to lose her teeth and hair, and to have a laryngecotomy.

Terrie's Ad: Consequences of SmokingTerrie's Ad: Consequences of Smoking Terrie had cancer as a result of smoking. In a 2012 Tips From Former Smokers TV commercial, Terrie showed us how she got ready for her day. In this video, Terrie shares that the only voice her grandson ever heard was an artificial one. He was born after doctors removed her larynx. Her tip to smokers is to "make a video or recording of yourself reading a children's storybook and singing a lullaby—before smoking affects your health."

Terrie's Ad: Don't SmokeTerrie's Ad: Don't Smoke Smoking gave Terrie cancer at age 40. In this TV commercial, she speaks from a hospital bed. She shares a simple message: "Don’t smoke. And if you do smoke, quit. Keep trying until you succeed." Terrie died shortly after filming this TV ad. She was 53.

Terrie's Ad: Teenage RegretsTerrie's Ad: Teenage Regrets Terrie started smoking in high school to look cool. Soon, cigarettes became her constant companion. Then at age 40, Terrie got cancer from smoking and started years of medical treatments. Shortly before her death, she talked about the heartache of seeing teenagers smoking.

Terrie's Place in HistoryTerrie's Place in History When Terrie was a child, doctors first linked smoking with cancer. As a teen, Terrie started smoking. As she grew older, smoking was linked to more and more diseases. At age 40, Terrie got cancer. In this TV ad, photos of Terrie put a human face on the millions killed by smoking.

Terrie's StoryTerrie's Story Terrie, diagnosed with throat and oral cancer, describes how her addiction to tobacco and cigarettes had her smoking right up to the front door of the hospital the day of her surgery, and what finally made her quit. This video is part of CDC's Tips From Former Smokers campaign.

Terrie: Little Things I Miss Terrie: Little Things I Miss Terrie got shocking news when she was 40. She had cancer from smoking cigarettes. Rather than retreat, Terrie shared her struggles with the world. In this video, Terrie talks about little things she missed because of mouth and throat surgeries–like cooing to a baby. Terrie died of cancer from smoking at age 53.

Terrie: Terrie, What Are You Doing?Terrie: "Terrie, What Are You Doing?" Terrie smoked her first cigarette at 13. In 2000, she found a sore in her mouth that was diagnosed as oral cancer. Later she found out she had throat cancer. In this video from CDC's Tips From Former Smokers campaign, Terrie talks about getting home from the hospital after having surgery and her first realization that she had to quit smoking. She picked up a cigarette, put it in her mouth, and "for the first time, I looked at myself in the mirror, and I thought, 'Terrie, what are you doing?'"


Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)

Michael's Ad: COPD and SmokingMichael's Ad: COPD and Smoking Michael, who is in his 50s, has Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) —a condition caused by smoking—that makes it harder and harder to breathe. In this TV commercial from CDC's Tips From Former Smokers campaign, Michael offers a tip that if your doctor gives you 5 years to live, like his doctor did, spend it sharing your wisdom and love with your children and grandchildren so they have something to remember you by.

Michael: I Live in Constant FearMichael: I Live in Constant Fear Michael, an Alaska Native, was shocked when doctors found serious lung damage from smoking. He was only 44. In this video, Michael talks about living in constant fear. Smoking gave him COPD, a disease that makes it harder and harder to breathe. He says, "If I get the flu, I can die."

Michael: My body screamed for air!Michael: "My body screamed for air!" Michael suffers from COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), which makes it harder for a person to breathe and can cause death. In this video from CDC's Tips From Former Smokers campaign, Michael talks about how he wishes he had never started smoking, and the damage it caused to his lungs. He describes waking up one morning unable to breathe and having to go to the hospital. He also talks about the pain his condition has brought to his family.

Michael: I started smoking at age nineMichael: I Started Smoking at Age 9 Michael started smoking at age 9, when his sister gave him his first cigarette. In this video, he talks about getting addicted as a child. By age 44, he had a serious lung disease. He says, "It's my desire that… you won't come to this place…."

Diabetes

Bill's Ad: Smoking and DiabetesBill's Ad: Smoking and Diabetes Bill had diabetes and he used to smoke. Cigarette smoking made his diabetes much worse. In this TV spot, Bill explains the serious health problems he developed by age 40, including kidney failure, blindness in one eye, and a leg amputated due to poor circulation. Bill suggests that smokers make a list of everything they are willing to give up if they continue to smoke. Bill died from heart disease at age 42.

Bill: Life Is So DifferentBill: Life Is So Different Bill started smoking as a teenager and ignored his doctor's warning that smoking could make his diabetes much worse. In this video, Bill explains how different his life is now. He quit smoking before he turned 40, but not before losing a leg, kidney function, and the sight in one eye.

Bill's StoryBill: Smoking and Diabetes Don't Mix Bill, a person with diabetes, started smoking at 15, not realizing the problems it would eventually cause him and his family. He didn't stop smoking until he was almost 40—after having had a leg amputated. In this emotional video, Bill encourages others to quit smoking, too.

Gum Disease

Brett's AdBrett's Ad Brett started smoking at age 16. By his midthirties, Brett had gum disease—a danger for all smokers. By age 42, he had lost most of his teeth, including 16 during one surgery. In this TV ad, Brett says that your smile says a lot about you, and smoking can take that smile away.

Brett's StoryBrett's Story Brett started smoking when he was 16 to impress a girl. By his midthirties, he had gum disease and the tissues and bones holding his teeth in place were breaking down. In this video, Brett talks about his addiction. Even right after surgery to pull out 16 teeth, Brett was still smoking.

Felicita's StoryFelicita's Story Felicita started smoking at age 12. In her 30s and 40s, she had gum problems and loose teeth, but she didn't know that smoking could harm her gums. Felicita had developed gum disease, and like many people, she did not have a lot of pain as the disease got worse. In this video from CDC's Tips From Former Smokers campaign, Felicita talks about getting life-changing news from her dentist.

Brett and Felicita's AdFelicita and Brett's Ad Felicita started smoking at age 12 and Brett at age 16. Neither of them knew that smoking could harm their gums and teeth. In this bilingual TV ad, Brett and Felicita advise people not to smoke if they want to keep their teeth and their smiles.



Heart Disease / Stroke

Mariano: La suerte de tener otra oportunidadMariano in Spanish: La suerte de tener otra oportunidad (en Español) Mariano fumó cigarrillos durante 30 años. Un día se despertó y se sintió mareado y con náuseas. "No sabía qué me pasaba y empecé a sudar". Mariano necesitó una operación a corazón abierto para salvar su vida. En este video de la campaña de los CDC Consejos de exfumadores, él afirma: "Tuve la suerte de tener una segunda oportunidad en la vida". Mariano espera que otros no arriesguen su salud y que dejen de fumar hoy.

Roosevelt's AdRoosevelt's Ad Roosevelt never thought that at 45-years-old he would have a heart attack due to his smoking. In this TV ad, from CDC's Tips From Former Smokers campaign, he talks about the impact his smoking-related heart attack has had on his life.

Roosevelt's StoryRoosevelt's Story Roosevelt, who had a heart attack and six artery bypasses as a result of smoking, tells how his health problems prevent him from being active with his children in this video from CDC's Tips From Former Smokers campaign.

Roosevelt: It's Hard to QuitRoosevelt: "It's Hard to Quit" Even when the effects of smoking stare you in the face, it can be hard to stop smoking. Roosevelt talks about how difficult it was for him to quit smoking cigarettes even after having heart bypass surgery. This video is part of CDC's campaign, Tips From Former Smokers.

Roosevelt: Stop Believing That LieRoosevelt: "Stop Believing That Lie" Roosevelt talks about how hard it is to quit smoking, and that people often lie to themselves about the effects of smoking cigarettes. He emphasizes that it's important to try to stop smoking, both for yourself and for your loved ones. This video is part of CDC's campaign, Tips From Former Smokers.

Roosevelt: Younger Smokers Think They Aren't AddictedRoosevelt: "Younger Smokers Think They Aren't Addicted" Roosevelt tried to stop smoking cigarettes many times before he succeeded. He talks about smokers who try to fool themselves about their addiction, even though most of them want to quit smoking. This video is part of CDC's campaign, Tips From Former Smokers.

Suzy's AdSuzy's Ad Smoking contributes to one in five strokes in the United States. In this TV ad for CDC's Tips From Former Smokers campaign, Suzy talks about losing her independence after smoking caused her to have a stroke.

Un consejo de SuzySuzy in English with Spanish subtitles: Un consejo de Suzy (en Inglés con subtítulos en Español) El tabaquismo es un factor que contribuye a uno de cada cinco accidentes cerebrovasculares en los EE. UU. En este anuncio televisivo de la campaña de los CDC Consejos de exfumadores, Suzy cuenta que perdió su independencia después de sufrir un accidente cerebrovascular a causa del cigarrillo.

HIV

brian's AdBrian's Story Smoking is especially dangerous for people who are living with HIV, the virus that can cause AIDS. Brian learned that lesson the hard way, when he had a stroke—a brain attack—at age 43. In this video, Brian talks about surviving HIV-related medical problems—then nearly losing his life because of smoking.



Pregnancy

Amanda's AdAmanda's Ad Amanda tried hard to quit smoking while she was pregnant, but she was unable to overcome her addiction to cigarettes. In this TV ad, Amanda talks about the weeks that her baby girl spent in a hospital incubator, after she was born 2 months early.

Amanda's StoryAmanda's Story Amanda grew up in a family of smokers and picked up her first cigarette in the 5th grade. In college, when she learned she was pregnant, she tried to quit but couldn't beat the addiction. In this video, Amanda talks about being rushed to the hospital, where her baby was born 2 months early, at just 3 pounds.

Quitting

Beatrice's StoryBeatrice's Story Beatrice's son, Nick, wrote her a letter urging her to quit smoking. In this video from CDC's Tips From Former Smokers campaign, she tells how this act of love gave her the courage to end a lifelong habit.

Beatrice: I Told Everyone I Stopped SmokingBeatrice: "I Told Everyone I Stopped Smoking" Beatrice describes some of the techniques she used to recognize and avoid her smoking triggers that helped her to quit smoking. Even though it was hard to do, by making a plan and sticking to it, she beat her addiction to cigarettes and stopped smoking for good. This video is part of CDC's campaign, Tips From Former Smokers.

Cessation Tips AdCessation Tips Ad You can quit smoking! This inspiring TV ad features Beatrice, James, and Wilma — three people who successfully quit smoking after many years. They share their practical tips on how to quit for good in this ad from CDC's Tips From Former Smokers campaign.

James' StoryJames' Story James started smoking as a kid to be like his father. He discusses his father's health problems and their relationship in this video from CDC's Tips From Former Smokers campaign.

James: I Can't Be Diabetic and Smoke TooJames: "I Can't Be Diabetic and Smoke Too" When James was told he had diabetes, he knew he had to stop smoking in order to better manage his health. His healthcare provider told him that he needed to exercise more, and he found that smoking cigarettes made exercising difficult. For James, this became an important reason to quit smoking for good. This video is part of CDC's campaign, Tips From Former Smokers.

James: No, I Won't Buy You SmokesJames: "No, I Won't Buy You Smokes" You never know when a decision you make could undermine your choice to quit smoking. James describes a moment he had with his roommate after he had resolved to stop smoking cigarettes. James realized the potential for relapse, and took steps to make sure that it didn't happen. This video is part of CDC's campaign, Tips From Former Smokers.

Tiffany's Ad: Smoking and FamilyTiffany's Ad: Smoking and Family When Tiffany was 16, her mother—a cigarette smoker—died of lung cancer. Despite her loss, Tiffany started smoking 3 years later. In this TV commercial from CDC's Tips From Former Smokers campaign, Tiffany says she quit smoking at 34 because she could not bear the thought of missing out on any part of her own daughter's life.

Tiffany: How I Quit SmokingTiffany: How I Quit Smoking Tiffany had an emotional reason to quit smoking: as a teen, she lost her mother to lung cancer. She knew that restroom breaks and car trips would tempt her, so she carefully planned to quit by using nicotine patches, walking, and friends' support. In this video, Tiffany talks about how she quit smoking for good.

Tiffany: Surprising Things About QuittingTiffany: Surprising Things About Quitting Tiffany didn't think about all the ways smoking hurt her daily life until she quit. Then life quickly started getting better. Food tasted better. She had more energy and more confidence. And there was one big surprise. In this video she says, "The money I save from not smoking is absolutely great!"

Tiffany: You Don't Quit Just for YourselfTiffany: You Don't Quit Just for Yourself Tiffany talks about losing her mother, a smoker, to lung cancer when she was 16. Despite this, Tiffany smoked for years before realizing what she might miss in her own daughter's life. In this video from CDC's Tips From Former Smokers campaign, Tiffany's daughter's, Jaelin, says she cannot imagine living without her mother. Jaelin goes on to tell her mom how proud she is of her for quitting smoking for good.

Videos by Year

2014 | 2013 | 2012


2014

Television Commercials

Amanda's AdAmanda's Ad Amanda tried hard to quit smoking while she was pregnant, but she was unable to overcome her addiction to cigarettes. In this TV ad, Amanda talks about the weeks that her baby girl spent in a hospital incubator, after she was born 2 months early.

Brett's AdBrett's Ad Brett started smoking at age 16. By his midthirties, Brett had gum disease—a danger for all smokers. By age 42, he had lost most of his teeth, including 16 during one surgery. In this TV ad, Brett says that your smile says a lot about you, and smoking can take that smile away.

Brett and Felicita's AdFelicita and Brett's Ad Felicita started smoking at age 12 and Brett at age 16. Neither of them knew that smoking could harm their gums and teeth. In this bilingual TV ad, Brett and Felicita advise people not to smoke if they want to keep their teeth and their smiles.

Rose's AdRose's Ad Rose developed lung cancer from smoking cigarettes. In this TV ad, she talks about her surgery and difficult recovery. Every day for a month after surgery, Rose prayed that doctors would take out a painful chest tube. Rose's tip is "Be careful what you wish for." There was more pain to come when the chest tube finally came out.

Shawn's AdShawn's Ad Shawn was 14 years old when he started smoking. In his midforties, a chronic cough and laryngitis turned out to be throat cancer. He finally quit smoking—but doctors were unable to save his larynx. In this TV ad, Shawn talks about the hardships of life with a stoma, a permanent opening in your throat.

Terrie's Ad: Don't SmokeTerrie's Ad: Don't Smoke Smoking gave Terrie cancer at age 40. In this TV commercial, she speaks from a hospital bed. She shares a simple message: "Don’t smoke. And if you do smoke, quit. Keep trying until you succeed." Terrie died shortly after filming this TV ad. She was 53.

Terrie's Ad: Teenage RegretsTerrie's Ad: Teenage Regrets Terrie started smoking in high school to look cool. Soon, cigarettes became her constant companion. Then at age 40, Terrie got cancer from smoking and started years of medical treatments. Shortly before her death, she talked about the heartache of seeing teenagers smoking.

Terrie's Place in HistoryTerrie's Place in History When Terrie was a child, doctors first linked smoking with cancer. As a teen, Terrie started smoking. As she grew older, smoking was linked to more and more diseases. At age 40, Terrie got cancer. In this TV ad, photos of Terrie put a human face on the millions killed by smoking.



Extended Personal Stories

Amanda's StoryAmanda's Story Amanda grew up in a family of smokers and picked up her first cigarette in the 5th grade. In college, when she learned she was pregnant, she tried to quit but couldn't beat the addiction. In this video, Amanda talks about being rushed to the hospital, where her baby was born 2 months early, at just 3 pounds.

Bill: Life Is So DifferentBill: Life Is So Different Bill started smoking as a teenager–and ignored his doctor's warning that smoking could make his diabetes much worse. In this video, Bill explains how different his life is now. He quit smoking before he turned 40, but not before losing a leg, kidney function, and the sight in one eye.

Brett's StoryBrett's Story Brett started smoking when he was 16 to impress a girl. By his midthirties, he had gum disease and the tissues and bones holding his teeth in place were breaking down. In this video, Brett talks about his addiction. Even right after surgery to pull out 16 teeth, Brett was still smoking.

Brian's StoryBrian's Story Smoking is especially dangerous for people who are living with HIV, the virus that can cause AIDS. Brian learned that lesson the hard way, when he had a stroke—a brain attack—at age 43. In this video, Brian talks about surviving HIV-related medical problems—then nearly losing his life because of smoking.

Ellie: Smoke and the LGBT SceneEllie: Smoke and the LGBT Scene Ellie never smoked, but she developed asthma from secondhand smoke exposure. She worked in bars that served the LGBT communities and noticed lots of smokers. Ellie loved the work but quit to save her health. In this video, she talks about smoking and how people define their personal identity.

Felicita's StoryFelicita's Story Felicita started smoking at age 12. In her 30s and 40s, she had gum problems and loose teeth, but she didn't know that smoking could harm her gums. Felicita had developed gum disease, and like many people, she did not have a lot of pain as the disease got worse. In this video from CDC's Tips From Former Smokers campaign, Felicita talks about getting life-changing news from her dentist.

Jamason: Please Don't Smoke Near MeJamason: Please Don't Smoke Near Me Jamason had a severe asthma attack triggered by secondhand smoke when he was 16. He spent four days in the hospital, gasping for breath. In this video, he talks about asking people not to smoke near him,  ...because that is my life. 

Michael: I started smoking at age nineMichael: I Started Smoking at Age 9 Michael started smoking at age 9, when his sister gave him his first cigarette. In this video, he talks about getting addicted as a child. By age 44, he had a serious lung disease. He says, "It's my desire that… you won't come to this place…."

Nathan: Sidelined by Other People's Smoke Nathan: Sidelined by Other People's Smoke Nathan worked in a smoky casino for 11 years. It robbed him of his health and a favorite pastime—tribal dancing. Although Nathan never smoked, secondhand smoke damaged his lungs. In this video, shot before his death, Nathan talks about how he copes. He died at 54 of illnesses caused by secondhand smoke exposure.

Rose's StoryRose's Story Rose started smoking at 13, and before long, she was spending her lunch money on cigarettes instead of food. Her addiction led to lung cancer—and the fight of her life. In this video, Rose talks about cancer. She never believed it would happen to her. Rose has had surgery twice to fight the disease.

Terrie: Little Things I Miss Terrie: Little Things I Miss Terrie got shocking news when she was 40. She had cancer from smoking cigarettes. Rather than retreat, Terrie shared her struggles with the world. In this video, Terrie talks about little things she missed because of mouth and throat surgeries–like cooing to a baby. Terrie died of cancer from smoking at age 53.

Tiffany: Surprising Things About QuittingTiffany: Surprising Things About Quitting Tiffany didn't think about all the ways smoking hurt her daily life until she quit. Then life quickly started getting better. Food tasted better. She had more energy and more confidence. And there was one big surprise. In this video she says, "The money I save from not smoking is absolutely great!"



2013
Television Commercials

Bill's Ad: Smoking and DiabetesBill's Ad: Smoking and Diabetes Bill had diabetes and he used to smoke. Cigarette smoking made his diabetes much worse. In this TV spot, Bill explains the serious health problems he developed by age 40, including kidney failure, blindness in one eye, and a leg amputated due to poor circulation. Bill suggests that smokers make a list of everything they are willing to give up if they continue to smoke. Bill died from heart disease at age 42.

Michael's Ad: COPD and SmokingMichael's Ad: COPD and Smoking Michael, who is in his 50s, has Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) —a condition caused by smoking—that makes it harder and harder to breathe. In this TV commercial from CDC's Tips From Former Smokers campaign, Michael offers a tip that if your doctor gives you 5 years to live, like his doctor did, spend it sharing your wisdom and love with your children and grandchildren so they have something to remember you by.

Nathan's Ad: Secondhand Smoke AsthmaNathan's Ad: Secondhand Smoke Asthma Nathan was surrounded by secondhand smoke every day at work. This caused permanent lung damage and triggered severe asthma attacks. Nathan himself never smoked. In this TV commercial from CDC's Tips From Former Smokers campaign, Nathan tells viewers that because of his health problems, he could no longer work at the same job or participate in some of his favorite activities. Nathan died at age 54 of illnesses caused by secondhand smoke exposure.

Terrie's Ad: Consequences of SmokingTerrie's Ad: Consequences of Smoking Terrie had cancer as a result of smoking. In a 2012 Tips From Former Smokers TV commercial, Terrie showed us how she got ready for her day. In this video, Terrie shares that the only voice her grandson ever heard was an artificial one. He was born after doctors removed her larynx. Her tip to smokers is to "make a video or recording of yourself reading a children's storybook and singing a lullaby—before smoking affects your health."

Tiffany's Ad: Smoking and FamilyTiffany's Ad: Smoking and Family When Tiffany was 16, her mother—a cigarette smoker—died of lung cancer. Despite her loss, Tiffany started smoking 3 years later. In this TV commercial from CDC's Tips From Former Smokers campaign, Tiffany says she quit smoking at 34 because she could not bear the thought of missing out on any part of her own daughter's life.

Extended Personal Stories

Bill: Life Is So DifferentBill: Life Is So Different Bill started smoking as a teenager and ignored his doctor's warning that smoking could make his diabetes much worse. In this video, Bill explains how different his life is now. He quit smoking before he turned 40, but not before losing a leg, kidney function, and the sight in one eye.

Bill's StoryBill: Smoking and Diabetes Don't Mix Bill, a person with diabetes, started smoking at 15, not realizing the problems it would eventually cause him and his family. He didn't stop smoking until he was almost 40—after having had a leg amputated. In this emotional video, Bill encourages others to quit smoking, too.

Ellie: It was Terrifying to Get an Asthma AttackEllie: "It was Terrifying to Get an Asthma Attack" Ellie was in her mid-30's when she had her first asthma attack — triggered by exposure to secondhand smoke. She loved her job as a bartender, but began to dread going to work. In this video from CDC's Tips From Former Smokers campaign she says, "I could feel my lungs getting tighter. I knew I couldn't be around the smoke or I was going to die, or something bad was going to happen to me." Eventually Ellie quit her job for the sake of her health, but feels everyone deserves to have a safe and healthy work environment.

Jamason's StoryJamason: "I Didn't Know Why I Couldn't Breathe" Jamason and his mother Sherri talk about the day Jamason had to go to the hospital after having a severe asthma attack at work, triggered by exposure to secondhand smoke. Recounting the drive to the hospital, Sherri said, "I just held his hand, and told him just squeeze it every now and then so I know he's breathing." In this video from CDC's Tips From Former Smokers campaign, Jamason admits that after such a severe attack, he was afraid to leave the hospital because he knew that outside, in the real world, people smoke.

Mariano: La suerte de tener otra oportunidadMariano in Spanish: La suerte de tener otra oportunidad (en Español) Mariano fumó cigarrillos durante 30 años. Un día se despertó y se sintió mareado y con náuseas. "No sabía qué me pasaba y empecé a sudar". Mariano necesitó una operación a corazón abierto para salvar su vida. En este video de la campaña de los CDC Consejos de exfumadores, él afirma: "Tuve la suerte de tener una segunda oportunidad en la vida". Mariano espera que otros no arriesguen su salud y que dejen de fumar hoy.

Michael: I Live in Constant FearMichael: I Live in Constant Fear Michael, an Alaska Native, was shocked when doctors found serious lung damage from smoking. He was only 44. In this video, Michael talks about living in constant fear. Smoking gave him COPD, a disease that makes it harder and harder to breathe. He says, "If I get the flu, I can die."

Michael: My body screamed for air!Michael: "My body screamed for air!" Michael suffers from COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), which makes it harder for a person to breathe and can cause death. In this video from CDC's Tips From Former Smokers campaign, Michael talks about how he wishes he had never started smoking, and the damage it caused to his lungs. He describes waking up one morning unable to breathe and having to go to the hospital. He also talks about the pain his condition has brought to his family.

Nathan: I never smoked a day in my life!Nathan: "I never smoked a day in my life!" Nathan was Lakota, a member of the Oglala Sioux tribe, and never smoked. However, he worked in a facility where smoking was allowed, and experienced health problems as a result. In this video from CDC's Tips From Former Smokers campaign, Nathan describes his health problems—including asthma—triggered by exposure to secondhand smoke. He had to give up many activities he loved, including tribal dancing, because of damage to his lungs. That damage led to his early death at age 54.

Terrie: Terrie, What Are You Doing?Terrie: "Terrie, What Are You Doing?" Terrie smoked her first cigarette at 13. In 2000, she found a sore in her mouth that was diagnosed as oral cancer. Later she found out she had throat cancer. In this video from CDC's Tips From Former Smokers campaign, Terrie talks about getting home from the hospital after having surgery and her first realization that she had to quit smoking. She picked up a cigarette, put it in her mouth, and "for the first time, I looked at myself in the mirror, and I thought, 'Terrie, what are you doing?'"

Tiffany: How I Quit SmokingTiffany: How I Quit Smoking Tiffany had an emotional reason to quit smoking: as a teen, she lost her mother to lung cancer. She knew that restroom breaks and car trips would tempt her, so she carefully planned to quit by using nicotine patches, walking, and friends' support. In this video, Tiffany talks about how she quit smoking for good.

Tiffany: You Don't Quit Just for YourselfTiffany: You Don't Quit Just for Yourself Tiffany talks about losing her mother, a smoker, to lung cancer when she was 16. Despite this, Tiffany smoked for years before realizing what she might miss in her own daughter's life. In this video from CDC's Tips From Former Smokers campaign, Tiffany's daughter's, Jaelin, says she cannot imagine living without her mother. Jaelin goes on to tell her mom how proud she is of her for quitting smoking for good.




2012
Television Commercials

Anthem AdAnthem Ad This TV ad, from CDC's Tips From Former Smokers campaign, features Shane, Sharon, and Shawn — three people who have stomas as a result of their smoking. They provide tips on how to live with this condition.

Buerger's Disease AdBuerger's Disease Ad Smoking causes Buerger's disease, which can lead to amputations. In this TV ad, Brandon and Marie talk about living with the effects of Buerger's disease as part of CDC's Tips From Former Smokers campaign.

Cessation Tips AdCessation Tips Ad You can quit smoking! This inspiring TV ad features Beatrice, James and Wilma — three people who successfully quit smoking after many years. They share their practical tips on how to quit for good in this ad from CDC's Tips From Former Smokers campaign.

Jessica's Asthma AdJessica's Asthma Ad Exposure to secondhand smoke can trigger a life-threatening asthma attack. This TV ad, from CDC's Tips campaign, features Jessica, a mother with a young son who suffers from asthma attacks due to secondhand smoke exposure. In her tip, she urges people not to be shy to tell people not to smoke around kids.

Un consejo de Jessica sobre el asmaJessica Asthma Ad in Spanish: Un consejo de Jessica sobre el asma (en Español) La exposición al humo de segunda mano puede provocar un ataque de asma que puede ser mortal. Este comercial de televisión de la campaña de los CDC Consejos de exfumadores, muestra a Jessica, la madre de un niño pequeño que tiene ataques de asma por la exposición al humo de segunda mano. Ella les pide a las personas que no les dé pena decirles a otras que no fumen cerca de sus hijos.

Roosevelt's AdRoosevelt's Ad Roosevelt never thought that at 45-years-old he would have a heart attack due to his smoking. In this TV ad, from CDC's Tips From Former Smokers campaign, he talks about the impact his smoking-related heart attack has had on his life.

Suzy's AdSuzy's Ad Smoking contributes to one in five strokes in the United States. In this TV ad for CDC's Tips From Former Smokers campaign, Suzy talks about losing her independence after smoking caused her to have a stroke.

Un consejo de SuzySuzy's Ad in English with Spanish subtitles: Un consejo de Suzy (en Inglés con subtítulos en Español) El tabaquismo es un factor que contribuye a uno de cada cinco accidentes cerebrovasculares en los EE. UU. En este anuncio televisivo de la campaña de los CDC Consejos de exfumadores, Suzy cuenta que perdió su independencia después de sufrir un accidente cerebrovascular a causa del cigarrillo.

Terrie's AdTerrie's Ad Smoking causes cancer. In this TV ad for CDC's Tips From Former Smokers campaign, Terrie talks about how she gets ready for the day after the effects of treatments for throat cancer caused her to lose her teeth and hair, and to have a laryngecotomy.

Extended Personal Stories

Beatrice's StoryBeatrice's Story Beatrice's son, Nick, wrote her a letter urging her to quit smoking. In this video from CDC's Tips From Former Smokers campaign, she tells how this act of love gave her the courage to end a lifelong habit.

Beatrice: I Told Everyone I Stopped SmokingBeatrice: "I Told Everyone I Stopped Smoking" Beatrice describes some of the techniques she used to recognize and avoid her smoking triggers that helped her to quit smoking. Even though it was hard to do, by making a plan and sticking to it, she beat her addiction to cigarettes and stopped smoking for good. This video is part of CDC's campaign, Tips From Former Smokers.

Brandon's StoryBrandon's Story Brandon describes losing his foot, fingers, and other body parts to Buerger's disease, a disorder linked to smoking, and testifies to the strength of addiction in this video from CDC's Tips From Former Smokers campaign.

James' StoryJames' Story James started smoking as a kid to be like his father. He discusses his father's health problems and their relationship in this video from CDC's Tips From Former Smokers campaign.

James: I Can't Be Diabetic and Smoke TooJames: "I Can't Be Diabetic and Smoke Too" When James was told he had diabetes, he knew he had to stop smoking in order to better manage his health. His healthcare provider told him that he needed to exercise more, and he found that smoking cigarettes made exercising difficult. For James, this became an important reason to quit smoking for good. This video is part of CDC's campaign, Tips From Former Smokers.

James: No, I Won't Buy You SmokesJames: "No, I Won't Buy You Smokes" You never know when a decision you make could undermine your choice to quit smoking. James describes a moment he had with his roommate after he had resolved to stop smoking cigarettes. James realized the potential for relapse, and took steps to make sure that it didn't happen. This video is part of CDC's campaign, Tips From Former Smokers.

Marie's StoryMarie's Story Marie talks about discovering she had Buerger’s disease, an illness caused by smoking, and its effects on her life in this video from CDC's Tips From Former Smokers campaign.

Roosevelt's StoryRoosevelt's Story Roosevelt, who had a heart attack and six artery bypasses as a result of smoking, tells how his health problems prevent him from being active with his children in this video from CDC's Tips From Former Smokers campaign.

Roosevelt: It's Hard to QuitRoosevelt: "It's Hard to Quit" Even when the effects of smoking stare you in the face, it can be hard to stop smoking. Roosevelt talks about how difficult it was for him to quit smoking cigarettes even after having heart bypass surgery. This video is part of CDC's campaign, Tips From Former Smokers.

Roosevelt: Stop Believing That LieRoosevelt: "Stop Believing That Lie" Roosevelt talks about how hard it is to quit smoking, and that people often lie to themselves about the effects of smoking cigarettes. He emphasizes that it's important to try to stop smoking, both for yourself and for your loved ones. This video is part of CDC's campaign, Tips From Former Smokers.

Roosevelt: Younger Smokers Think They Aren't AddictedRoosevelt: "Younger Smokers Think They Aren't Addicted" Roosevelt tried to stop smoking cigarettes many times before he succeeded. He talks about smokers who try to fool themselves about their addiction, even though most of them want to quit smoking. This video is part of CDC's campaign, Tips From Former Smokers.

Shane's StoryShane's Story Shane, whose throat cancer was a result of smoking, discusses how he didn't realize the health complications that could result from tobacco use in this video from CDC's Tips From Former Smokers campaign.

Sharon's StorySharon's Story Sharon was diagnosed with throat cancer in her thirties. She talks about how she never thought smoking would lead to problems at such a young age in this video from CDC's Tips From Former Smokers campaign.

Shawn's StoryShawn's Story Shawn, diagnosed with throat cancer in his mid-forties, discusses how he never thought he'd get sick as a result of smoking in this video from CDC's Tips From Former Smokers campaign.

Shawn's Struggle to Quit SmokingShawn's Struggle to Quit Smoking In this video, Shawn talks about his addiction to cigarettes and his struggle to quit smoking, even after throat cancer. It wasn't until his voice box was removed that he quit. He finally realized "You either quit smoking or you're going to die." This video is part of CDC's Tips From Former Smokers campaign.

Terrie's StoryTerrie's Story Terrie, diagnosed with throat and oral cancer, describes how her addiction to tobacco and cigarettes had her smoking right up to the front door of the hospital the day of her surgery, and what finally made her quit. This video is part of CDC's Tips From Former Smokers campaign.

 

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