Brian, an Air Force veteran, started smoking at age 8 and was smoking half a pack of cigarettes per day by the time he was in eighth grade. He tried to quit but wasn’t successful; he had his first heart attack at age 35 while stationed in England. Years later—after many surgeries to repair heart damage caused by smoking—Brian made the commitment to stop smoking, which enabled him to have a heart transplant. In January 2017, Brian was diagnosed with lung cancer and had part of his lung removed. In these commercials and videos, Brian tells his story.
Brian – Do You Know?
Brian started smoking before he was a teenager. He had a heart attack at 35 and has had serious health problems since then as a result of smoking. He most recently had part of his lung removed due to lung cancer. In this commercial, Brian says you probably know someone who has had a heart attack, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), heart bypass surgery, a heart transplant, lung cancer, or part of their lung removed from smoking. He then shares that he has suffered all six.
Brian, age 60, started smoking cigarettes at age 8. After high school, he joined the Air Force because he wanted a military career. At 35, still smoking and stationed in England, Brian had a heart attack and spent months in hospital rooms. In this ad from CDC’s Tips From Former Smokers® campaign, Brian reveals how he couldn’t serve his country because of his heart disease.
Brian: Part of Who I Was
By the time Brian was 11 years old, he was already smoking close to a pack of cigarettes a day. In this video from CDC’s Tips From Former Smokers campaign, he talks about how he smoked during his youth, marriage, and throughout his career in the Air Force. He had a heart attack at age 35 and spent months in hospital rooms.
Brian: There’s Hope
This video from CDC’s Tips From Former Smokers campaign shows how Brian’s smoking ruined his health and devastated his family. He finally quit smoking for good and was able to get on a heart transplant list. Brian realizes that he is one of the fortunate few. He encourages all smokers to quit. “There’s life on the other side of cigarettes.”
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