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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is continuing Tips From Former Smokers® (Tips®), 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.

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Images and Photos

Tips 2018 Photos

Christine, 55, Pennsylvania; diagnosed with oral cancer at age 44.

Photo of Christine, age 55, Pennsylvania; diagnosed with oral cancer at age 44
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Sharon, 58, Illinois; diagnosed with throat cancer at age 37

Photo of Sharon, age 58, Illinois; diagnosed with throat cancer at age 37
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Tips 2016 Photos

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

Photo of Becky, age 54, Ohio; diagnosed with COPD at age 45
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Brian, age 60, Texas; had his first heart attack at age 35

Photo of 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

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Rico, age 48, California; smokefree since 2011

Photo of Rico, age 48, California; smokefree since 2011
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Tips 2015 Photos

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

Photo of Julia, age 58, Mississippi; diagnosed with colon cancer at age 49
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Kristy, age 35, Tennessee; tried e-cigarettes to quit regular cigarettes but ended up using both

Photo of Kristy, age 35, Tennessee; tried e-cigarettes to quit regular cigarettes but ended up using both
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Mark, 47, California; diagnosed with rectal cancer at age 42

Photo of Mark, age 47, California; diagnosed with rectal cancer at age 42
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Marlene, 68, New York; started losing her vision at 56

Photo of Marlene, age 68, New York; started losing her vision at 56
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Tips 2014 Photos

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

Photo of Amanda, age 30, Wisconsin; smoked during pregnancy and had a premature baby
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Brett, 50, New Mexico; smoked and lost most of his teeth to gum disease

Photo of Brett, age 50, New Mexico; smoked and lost most of his teeth to gum disease
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Brian, age 45, California; had a stroke triggered by smoking combined with HIV

Photo of Brian, age 45, California; had a stroke triggered by smoking combined with HIV
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Felicita, age 54, Florida; lost all her teeth by age 50

Photo of Felicita, age 54, Florida; lost all her teeth by age 50
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Rose, age 59, Texas; diagnosed with lung cancer that spread to her brain. Rose passed away in January 2015

Photo of Rose, age 59, Texas; diagnosed with lung cancer that spread to her brain. Rose passed away in January 2015
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Tips 2013 Photos

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

Photo of Bill, age 40, Michigan; diagnosed with diabetes; had other health problems, too. Bill passed away in August 2014
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Ellie, age 57, Florida; had asthma attack triggered by secondhand smoke at 35

Photo of Ellie, age 57, Florida; had asthma attack triggered by secondhand smoke at 35
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Jamason, 18, Kentucky; had asthma attack triggered by secondhand smoke at 16

Photo of Jamason, age 18, Kentucky; asthma attack triggered by secondhand smoke at 16
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Mariano, 55, Illinois; had open heart surgery at age 47

Photo of Mariano, age 55, Illinois; had open heart surgery at age 47
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Michael, age 57, Alaska; diagnosed with COPD at age 44

Photo of Michael, age 57, Alaska; diagnosed with COPD at age 44
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Nathan, age 54, Idaho; diagnosed with severe lung damage from secondhand smoke exposure; Nathan passed away in October 2013

Photo of Nathan, age 54, Idaho; diagnosed with severe lung damage from secondhand smoke exposure; Nathan passed away in October 2013
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Terrie, age 52, North Carolina; diagnosed with oral and throat cancers at 40; Terrie passed away in September 2013

Photo of Terrie, age 52, North Carolina; diagnosed with oral and throat cancers at 40; Terrie passed away in September 2013
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Tiffany, age 35, Louisiana; quit smoking at 34; smoke-free since January 2012

Photo of Tiffany, age 35, Louisiana; quit smoking at 34; smoke-free since January 2012
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Tips 2012 Photos

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

Photo of Annette, age 57, New York; diagnosed with lung cancer at age 52
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Brandon, 31, North Dakota; diagnosed with Buerger’s disease at age 18

Photo of Brandon, age 31, North Dakota; diagnosed with Buerger’s disease at age 18
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Shawn, age 51, Washington State; diagnosed with throat cancer at age 46

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

Photo of Shawn, age 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 CenterExternal 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

Tips Campaign Matte Article for Military Service Members and Vets: CDC’s Tips From Former Smokers Campaign Airing a New Round of Hard-Hitting Commercials

 

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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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