CDC’s Tips From Former Smokers: Anti-smoking campaign launches seventh year

Media Advisory

For immediate release: Friday, April 20, 2018
Contact: Media Relations
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CDC’s Tips From Former Smokers campaign resumes for 25 weeks on April 23, 2018. The 15- and 30-second ads will air nationally on television, online, and in print advertisements. Markets that have higher rates of cigarette smoking will have additional airings and advertisements for increased awareness.

Tips From Former Smokers will release new ads featuring:

  • Brian, 63, an Air Force veteran, had his first heart attack at age 35, while on assignment overseas. He quit smoking in 2009 and received a heart transplant in July 2012. In January 2017, Brian was diagnosed with lung cancer and had part of his lung removed.
  • Christine, 55, began smoking at age 16. At age 44, she was diagnosed with oral cancer, which eventually required doctors to remove half of her jaw.
  • Sharon, 58, began smoking at age 13. In 1997, at age 37, she was diagnosed with stage IV throat cancer.
  • Tiffany, 40, started smoking at 19, even though her mother, a smoker, died of lung cancer. Tiffany quit smoking in 2011—wanting to be around for her own teenage daughter.


Monday, April 23, 2018


Information on the Tips is available at News media can preview or download broadcast quality ads at icon.


Page last reviewed: April 23, 2018