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Amanda

Amanda's Tips Commercial

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

Amanda's Story Amanda’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.

Amanda's Smoking, Family, and Pain Story Amanda’s “Smoking, Family, and Pain” Story  Amanda tried her first cigarette when she was in elementary school. In her 11-year-old mind, smoking seemed OK. After all, some family members smoked, so she tried it herself—and soon became a regular smoker, too. In this emotional video, Amanda talks about the pain that smoking brought to her family.

Beatrice

Beatrice's Story Beatrice’s Story   Beatrice’s son, Nick, wrote her a letter urging her to quit smoking. In this video, Beatrice tells how this act of love gave her the courage to end a lifelong habit.

Beatrice's I Told Everyone I Stopped Smoking Story Beatrice’s “I Told Everyone I Stopped Smoking” Story   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 Ad Cessation Tips Commercial  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 commercial from CDC’s Tips From Former Smokers campaign.

Becky

Becky's Tips Commercial Becky’s Tips Commercial  Becky started smoking cigarettes in high school to fit in. She was a heavy smoker for many years and at age 45, Becky was diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)—a serious lung disease. In this commercial, she talks about her need for continuous oxygen.

Becky's It Goes With Me Story Becky’s “It Goes With Me” Story  Becky smoked for years and has end-stage COPD. In this video, Becky talks about what her life is like now. Although she’s very grateful for the life-giving benefits of her oxygen tank, she explains that her life is very different than it was before she developed COPD.

Becky's Not What I Pictured COPD Story Becky’s “Not What I Pictured” Story  COPD doesn’t just affect the person who has it; it can affect the entire family. In this video, Becky, a 54-year-old mom, explains that her children have had to deal with her disease since they were very young and shares how her COPD has changed their lives.

Bill

Bill's Tips Commercial Bill’s Tips Commercial  Bill had diabetes and he used to smoke. Cigarette smoking made his diabetes much worse. In this commercial, 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's Life Is So Different Story Bill’s “Life Is So Different” Story  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 Smoking and Diabetes Don't Mix Story Bill’s “Smoking and Diabetes Don’t Mix” Story  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 Story Brandon’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 Ad featuring Brandon and Marie Buerger’s Tips Commercial  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 Tips Commercial Brett’s Tips Commercial  Brett started smoking at age 16. By his mid-thirties, 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 commercial, Brett says that your smile says a lot about you, and smoking can take that smile away.

Brett's Story Brett’s Story  Brett started smoking when he was 16 to impress a girl. By his mid-thirties, 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's Tooth Loss Isn't Pretty Story Brett’s “Tooth Loss Isn’t Pretty” Story  Brett lost all of his front teeth—top and bottom—by the time he was 42. He had gum disease, which is a risk for people who smoke, as Brett did. In this video, Brett talks about trying to hide his tooth loss, even from his wife.

Felicita and Brett's Tips Commercial Felicita and Brett’s Tips Commercial  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 commercial, Brett and Felicita advise people not to smoke if they want to keep their teeth and their smiles.

Brian B. (HIV) 

Brian's Story Brian’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.

Brian's Stroke and Slow Recovery Story Brian’s “Stroke and Slow Recovery” Story  Brian never imagined he could have a stroke at age 43. He was in good health. But smoking, combined with having HIV, caused a stroke when he was doing what he loved most—working at the potter’s wheel. In this video, Brian talks about the day of his stroke and his efforts to recover.

Brian H. (Heart Disease/Cancer)

 2018 - Brian – Do You Know? - A Tips From a Former Smoker

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’s Tips Commercial Brian’s Tips Commercial  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 commercial, Brian reveals how he couldn’t serve his country because of his heart disease.  

Brian's Part of Who I Was Story Brian’s “Part of Who I Was” Story  By the time Brian was 11 years old, he was already smoking close to a pack of cigarettes a day. In this video, Brian 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's There’s Hope Story Brian’s “There’s Hope” Story  This story 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.”    

Christine

Christine: Oral Cancer Effects - A Tip From a Former Smoker

Christine’s Oral Cancer Effects Christine began smoking in high school to fit in. She became addicted and continued to smoke for many years. At 44, she was diagnosed with oral cancer. She lost her teeth due to radiation treatments, and had to have half of her jaw removed after the cancer came back twice. In this commercial, Christine talks about how oral cancer treatments and reconstructive surgery have affected her appearance.

Christine: Smoker - A Tip From a Former Smoker

Christine’s Smoker Christine started smoking in high school to fit in, but she never thought she smoked enough to be a “real smoker.” She was diagnosed with oral cancer at 44, and lost her teeth and half of her jaw due to cancer. Christine says if you think this could never happen to you, think again: “If you smoke, you’re a smoker.”

Christine: I Have to Quit - A Tip From a Former Smoker

Christine’s I Have to Quit Christine started smoking in high school to fit in, and continued to smoke for many years. She was diagnosed with oral cancer in her early 40s. She lost her teeth and had half of her jaw removed. In this video, Christine talks about the moment when she finally realized the effects of smoking—year after year and cigarette after cigarette—and decided to quit.

Christine: Time They’ll Never Get Back - A Tip From a Former Smoker

Christine’s Time They’ll Never Get Back In this video, Christine talks about how her smoking affected her children, particularly her 17-year-old son. While she was going through treatment, she says her son had to become head of the household instead of getting to be a kid.

Christine: Happy Memories - A Tip From a Former Smoker

Christine’s Happy Memories In this video, Christine talks about the things she did before her oral cancer surgery to make sure her children would have a happy life if she died. She wrote letters filled with life lessons, spent quality time with them to create happy memories, and held a big party filled with supportive friends who could be there to help her children in the event of her death.

Ellie

Ellie's It was Terrifying to Get an Asthma Attack Story Ellie’s “It was Terrifying to Get an Asthma Attack” Story  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, Ellie 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's Smoke and the LGBT Scene Story Ellie’s “Smoke and the LGBT Scene” Story  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 Story Felicita’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.

Felicita and Brett's Tips Commercial Felicita and Brett’s Tips Commercial  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 commercial, Brett and Felicita advise people not to smoke if they want to keep their teeth and their smiles.

Jamason

Jamason's I Didn't Know Why I Couldn't Breathe Story Jamason’s “I Didn’t Know Why I Couldn’t Breathe” Story  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, 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's Please Don't Smoke Near Me Story Jamason’s “Please Don’t Smoke Near Me” Story  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' Story James’ 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's "I Can't Be Diabetic and Smoke Too" Story James’s “I Can’t Be Diabetic and Smoke Too” Story  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's "No, I Won't Buy You Smokes" Story James’s “No, I Won’t Buy You Smokes” Story  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 Ad Cessation 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 Tips Commercial Jessica’s Asthma Tips Commercial  Exposure to secondhand smoke can trigger a life-threatening asthma attack. This commercial, 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.

Jessica en Espanol

Jessica 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. ##04JUL##

Julia

Julia and Mark's <em>Tips</em> Commercial Julia and Mark’s Tips Commercial  After years of smoking, Julia, a busy working mom, and Mark, a military veteran, each received frightening news. Their doctors found colorectal cancer, which is a danger for all smokers. In this TV commercial, Julia and Mark share a tip for dealing with colorectal cancer.

Julia's Story Julia’s Story  Julia smoked and developed colon cancer, which nearly killed her. In this video, Julia talks about having emergency surgery shortly after her tumor was found. It was the beginning of many life changes, including learning how to use an ostomy bag.

Julia's Wake-Up Call Story Julia’s “Wake-Up Call” Story  Julia tried to avoid smoking around her son, but she didn’t think too much about her own health. Then she was diagnosed with colon cancer and nearly died. In this video, Julia talks about how her battle with cancer terrified her loved ones and opened her eyes about how smoking can harm an entire family.

Kristy

Kristy's Tips Commercial Kristy’s Tips Commercial  By age 33, Kristy had been a heavy smoker for 20 years. She tried using electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) to quit cigarette smoking, but continued to smoke regular cigarettes. She eventually stopped using e-cigarettes and went back to smoking regular cigarettes. In this commercial, Kristy talks about how she quit for good after her lung collapsed from smoking.

Kristy's It Wasn’t Better for Me Story Kristy’s “It Wasn’t Better for Me” Story  Kristy tried using e-cigarettes to help her stop smoking, but never quit smoking regular cigarettes completely. Only after her lung collapsed did she realize she had to stop smoking cigarettes completely.

Kristy's Fear of What Comes Next Story Kristy’s “Fear of What Comes Next” Story  Kristy is a 36-year-old truck driver from Tennessee who used to smoke cigarettes to help pass time. In this video, Kristy explains what happened after one trip. She was rushed to the hospital, struggling to breathe. Her lung had collapsed. After surgery and a long recovery, she vowed never to smoke again.  

Mariano

Mariano's Story Mariano’s Story  Mariano smoked for 30 years. One day he woke up and felt dizzy and nauseous. “I didn’t know what was happening to me and started sweating.” Mariano needed open heart surgery to save his life. In this video from the CDC’s Tips from Former Smokers campaign he says: “I was fortunate to have a second chance at life.” Mariano hopes that others don’t risk their health and stop smoking today.

Marie

Marie's Story Marie’s Story  In this video, Marie talks about discovering she had Buerger’s disease, an illness caused by smoking, and its effects on her life.

Buerger's Disease<em>Tips</em> Commercial Buerger’s DiseaseTips Commercial  Smoking causes Buerger’s disease, which can lead to amputations. In this TV commercial, Brandon and Marie talk about living with the effects of Buerger’s disease as part of CDC’s Tips From Former Smokers campaign.

Mark

Julia and Mark's <em>Tips</em> Commercial Julia and Mark’s Tips Commercial  After years of smoking, Julia, a busy working mom, and Mark, a military veteran, each received frightening news. Their doctors found colorectal cancer, which is a danger for all smokers. In this TV commercial, Julia and Mark share a tip for dealing with colorectal cancer.

Mark's Story Mark’s Story  Mark picked up his first cigarette as a teenager to fit in with friends. Life moved quickly and he continued to smoke until age 42, when doctors told him he had rectal cancer, one of many cancers that are linked to smoking. In this video, Mark talks about the harsh treatments he needed to save his life.

Mark's 'Military Service and Illness' Story Mark’s “Military Service and Illness” Story  Mark started smoking before joining the Air Force and continued through his service in the Persian Gulf. At age 42, Mark was diagnosed with rectal cancer, one of many cancers that are linked to smoking. He now faced the fight of his life. In this video, Mark says his diagnosis brought everything to a grinding halt.

Marlene

Marlene's Tips Commercial Marlene’s Tips Commercial   When Marlene started smoking in high school, she never imagined that smoking could lead to a serious eye disease. In this TV ad, Marlene talks about the treatments that keep her from losing more of her vision.

Marlene's 'Vision Loss' Story Marlene’s “Vision Loss” Story  Marlene smoked and started losing her vision at age 56. In this emotional video, she talks about having macular degeneration and her fear of losing her vision.

Marlene's 'Treatment' Story Marlene’s “Treatment” Story  Marlene smoked and developed wet macular degeneration, a disease that can lead to vision loss. Marlene knows that she’s lucky to have found a treatment for her eye disease. But getting shots directly into her eyeballs is still upsetting each time she gets them. In this video, Marlene talks about her monthly treatments.

Marie

Marie's Story Marie’s Story  In this video, Marie talks about discovering she had Buerger’s disease, an illness caused by smoking, and its effects on her life.

Buerger's Disease<em>Tips</em> Commercial Buerger’s DiseaseTips Commercial  Smoking causes Buerger’s disease, which can lead to amputations. In this TV commercial, Brandon and Marie talk about living with the effects of Buerger’s disease as part of CDC’s Tips From Former Smokers campaign.

Michael

Michael's 'COPD and Smoking' <em>Tips</em> Commercial Michael’s “COPD and Smoking” Tips Commercial  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's 'I Live in Constant Fear' Story Michael’s “I Live in Constant Fear” Story  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's 'My body screamed for air!' Story Michael’s “My body screamed for air!” Story  Michael suffers from COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), which makes it harder for a person to breathe and can cause death. In this video, 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's 'I Started Smoking at Age 9' Story Michael’s “I Started Smoking at Age 9” Story  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 <em>Tips</em> Commercial Nathan’s Tips Commercial  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's 'I never smoked a day in my life!' Story Nathan’s “I never smoked a day in my life!” Story  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, 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's 'Sidelined by Other People's Smoke' Story Nathan’s “Sidelined by Other People’s Smoke” Story  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.

Rebecca

Rebecca's Tips Commercial Rebecca’s Tips Commercial  Rebecca started smoking at age 16.  At age 33, she was diagnosed with depression. As a smoker for many years, Rebecca turned to cigarettes to help her cope. When she tried to quit and couldn’t, she felt even more depressed and started smoking again. “That was just a vicious, vicious cycle,” she said. In this commercial from CDC’s Tips From Former Smokers campaign, Rebecca talks about how quitting made her feel better – mentally and physically.

Rebecca's 'The New Me' Story Rebecca’s “The New Me” Story  What makes a smoker quit? In this video, Rebecca reveals that the birth of her grandson motivated her to quit for good. She made other healthy changes too. She sought help for her depression and began to exercise. As a result, she is healthier and happier.

Rebecca's 'Vicious Cycle' Story Rebecca’s “Vicious Cycle” Story  Rebecca struggled with depression. In this video, Rebecca explains how she used to smoke to cope with her depression, but ended up feeling more depressed. She realized that cigarettes weren’t helping her and knew she had to quit. In her words, “It’s about taking control of your life.” She quit and found that there is life beyond smoking.  

Roosevelt

Roosevelt's Tips Commercial Roosevelt’s Tips Commercial  Roosevelt never thought that at 45-years-old he would have a heart attack due to his smoking. In this TV commercial, 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 Story Roosevelt’s Story  In this video, 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.

Roosevelt's 'It's Hard to Quit' Story Roosevelt’s “It’s Hard to Quit” Story  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. 

Roosevelt: "Stop Believing That Lie " Story Roosevelt’s “Stop Believing That Lie” Story  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.

Roosevelt's "Younger Smokers Think They Aren't Addicted" Story Roosevelt’s “Younger Smokers Think They Aren’t Addicted” Story  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.

Rose

Rose's Tips Commercial Rose’s Tips Commercial  Rose developed lung cancer from smoking cigarettes. In this TV ad, she talks about her lung 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 died in January 2015. She was 60.

Rose's Story Rose’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. At age 60, she died from lung cancer caused by smoking.

Rose's 'Three Keys to Recovery' Story Rose’s “Three Keys to Recovery” Story  Rose had lung cancer from smoking cigarettes, and she needed very difficult medical treatments. This video explains three keys that helped her get through treatments: family support, faith, and quitting smoking.

Shane

Shane's Story Shane’s Story  Shane, whose throat cancer was a result of smoking, discussed 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. Shane passed away in August 2016.

Anthem Ad Anthem Tips Commercial  This TV commercial, 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 Treadmill Tips Commercial - A Tip From a Former Smoker

Sharon’s “Treadmill” Tips Commercial Sharon started smoking at 13. When she was in her late 30s, she was diagnosed with throat cancer and she quit smoking. Despite repeated surgeries, chemotherapy and radiation, doctors had to remove Sharon’s voice box to save her life. In this commercial, Sharon shares that walking every day makes her feel like herself again—almost.

Tiffany and Sharon’s Ways to Quit Tips Commercial - A Tip From a Former Smoker

Tiffany and Sharon’s “Ways to Quit” Tips Commercial  In this commercial, Tiffany encourages smokers get help to quit for good, using proven methods like smoking cessation counseling and nicotine replacement therapy, before they need to have their voice box removed like Sharon.

Sharon’s Peer Pressure Story -  A Tip From a Former Smoker

Sharon’s “Peer Pressure” Story Like many teenage girls, Sharon started smoking in junior high school to fit in. She thought since all her friends were smoking, it was the cool thing to do. Sharon’s 12-year-old granddaughter is in junior high now. In this video, Sharon talks about her fear that her granddaughter will give in to peer pressure and try smoking. She says kids don’t realize that it doesn’t take long to get hooked.

Sharon’s Diagnosed at 37 Story - A Tip From a Former Smoker

Sharon’s “Diagnosed at 37” Story Sharon started smoking at 13. In her late 30s, she was diagnosed with throat cancer. She was a busy mom with two children. She made their lunches, took them to school, and was active in parent-teacher groups. In this video, Sharon talks about finding a lump in her neck and being told it was cancer. Doctors treated the tumor with chemotherapy and radiation, and tried to save her voice box. But when her symptoms returned a year later, her doctor said removing her voice box was the next step.

Sharon's Story Sharon’s Story  Sharon was diagnosed with throat cancer in her thirties. She talks in this video about how she never thought smoking would lead to problems at such a young age.

Anthem Tips Commercial Anthem Tips Commercial  This TV commercial, 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 Tips Commercial Shawn’s Tips Commercial  Shawn was 14 years old when he started smoking. In his mid-forties, 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 commercial, Shawn talks about the hardships of life with a stoma, a permanent opening in his throat.

Shawn's Story Shawn’s Story  Shawn, diagnosed with throat cancer in his mid-forties, discusses in this video how he never thought he’d get sick as a result of smoking.

Shawn's 'Struggle to Quit Smoking' Story Shawn’s “Struggle to Quit Smoking” Story  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.” 

Anthem Tips Commercial Anthem Tips Commercial  This TV commercial, 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 Tips Commercial Suzy’s Tips Commercial  Smoking contributes to one in five strokes in the United States. In this TV commercial for CDC’s Tips From Former Smokers campaign, Suzy talks about losing her independence after smoking caused her to have a stroke.

Suzy in English with Spanish subtitles: Un consejo de Suzy (en Inglés con subtítulos en Español) Suzy’s Tips Commercial in English with Spanish subtitles: Anuncio 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 Tips Commercial Terrie’s Tips Commercial  Smoking causes cancer. In this TV commercial 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 'Voice' <em>Tips</em> Commercial Terrie’s “Voice” Tips Commercial  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 Tips Commercial: Don't Smoke Terrie’s “Don’t Smoke” Tips Commercial  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 commercial. She was 53.

Terrie’s 'Teenager' <em>Tips</em> Commerical Terrie’s “Teenager” Tips Commerical 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 'Surgeon General' <em>Tips</em> Commercial Terrie’s “Surgeon General” Tips Commercial  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 commercial, photos of Terrie put a human face on the millions killed by smoking.

Terrie's Story Terrie’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. 

Terrie's 'Little Things I Miss' Story Terrie’s “Little Things I Miss” Story 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's 'Terrie, What Are You Doing?' Story Terrie’s “Terrie, What Are You Doing?” Story  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, 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 'Smoking and Family' <em>Tips</em> Commercial Tiffany’s “Smoking and Family” Tips Commercial 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's 'Decision' <em>Tips</em> Commercial Tiffany’s “Decision” Tips Commercial  Like many smokers, Tiffany had seen an older family member harmed by smoking, yet she kept buying cigarettes for herself. In this emotional TV commercial, Tiffany talks about the “aha” moment that sent her on a different, healthier path for her own life.

Tiffany's 'How I Quit Smoking' Story Tiffany’s “How I Quit Smoking” Story   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's 'Surprising Things About Quitting' Story Tiffany’s “Surprising Things About Quitting” Story  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's 'You Don't Quit Just for Yourself' Story Tiffany’s “You Don’t Quit Just for Yourself” Story 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, 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.

Tiffany and Sharon’s Ways to Quit Tips Commercial - A Tip From a Former Smoker

Tiffany and Sharon’s “Ways to Quit” Tips Commercial  In this commercial, Tiffany encourages smokers get help to quit for good, using proven methods like smoking cessation counseling and nicotine replacement therapy, before they need to have their voice box removed like Sharon.

Wilma

Cessation Tips Ad Cessation Tips Commercial  You can quit smoking! This inspiring TV commercial 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 commercial from CDC’s Tips From Former Smokers campaign.

Asthma | Buerger’s Disease | Cancer | Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) | Diabetes | Dual Use of Tobacco Products | Gum Disease | Heart Disease / Stroke | HIV | Mental Health Conditions: Depression and Anxiety | Pregnancy | Quitting | Vision Loss and Blindness

Asthma

Ellie's It was Terrifying to Get an Asthma Attack Story Ellie’s “It was Terrifying to Get an Asthma Attack” Story  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, Ellie 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's Smoke and the LGBT Scene Story Ellie’s “Smoke and the LGBT Scene” Story  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's I Didn't Know Why I Couldn't Breathe Story Jamason’s “I Didn’t Know Why I Couldn’t Breathe” Story  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, 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's Please Don't Smoke Near Me Story Jamason’s “Please Don’t Smoke Near Me” Story  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 Tips Commercial Jessica’s Asthma Tips Commercial  Exposure to secondhand smoke can trigger a life-threatening asthma attack. This commercial, 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.

Jessica en Espanol

Jessica 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. ##04JUL##

Nathan's <em>Tips</em> Commercial Nathan’s Tips Commercial  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's 'I never smoked a day in my life!' Story Nathan’s “I never smoked a day in my life!” Story  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, 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's 'Sidelined by Other People's Smoke' Story Nathan’s “Sidelined by Other People’s Smoke” Story  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 Story Brandon’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 Ad featuring Brandon and Marie Buerger’s Tips Commercial  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 Story Marie’s Story  In this video, Marie talks about discovering she had Buerger’s disease, an illness caused by smoking, and its effects on her life.

Cancer

Anthem Tips Commercial Anthem Tips Commercial  This TV commercial, 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.

 2018 - Brian – Do You Know? - A Tips From a Former Smoker

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.

Christine: Oral Cancer Effects - A Tip From a Former Smoker

Christine’s Oral Cancer Effects Christine began smoking in high school to fit in. She became addicted and continued to smoke for many years. At 44, she was diagnosed with oral cancer. She lost her teeth due to radiation treatments, and had to have half of her jaw removed after the cancer came back twice. In this commercial, Christine talks about how oral cancer treatments and reconstructive surgery have affected her appearance.

Christine: Smoker - A Tip From a Former Smoker

Christine’s Smoker Christine started smoking in high school to fit in, but she never thought she smoked enough to be a “real smoker.” She was diagnosed with oral cancer at 44, and lost her teeth and half of her jaw due to cancer. Christine says if you think this could never happen to you, think again: “If you smoke, you’re a smoker.”

Christine: I Have to Quit - A Tip From a Former Smoker

Christine’s I Have to Quit Christine started smoking in high school to fit in, and continued to smoke for many years. She was diagnosed with oral cancer in her early 40s. She lost her teeth and had half of her jaw removed. In this video, Christine talks about the moment when she finally realized the effects of smoking—year after year and cigarette after cigarette—and decided to quit.

Christine: Time They’ll Never Get Back - A Tip From a Former Smoker

Christine’s Time They’ll Never Get Back In this video, Christine talks about how her smoking affected her children, particularly her 17-year-old son. While she was going through treatment, she says her son had to become head of the household instead of getting to be a kid.

Christine: Happy Memories - A Tip From a Former Smoker

Christine’s Happy Memories In this video, Christine talks about the things she did before her oral cancer surgery to make sure her children would have a happy life if she died. She wrote letters filled with life lessons, spent quality time with them to create happy memories, and held a big party filled with supportive friends who could be there to help her children in the event of her death.

Julia's Story Julia’s Story  Julia smoked and developed colon cancer, which nearly killed her. In this video, Julia talks about having emergency surgery shortly after her tumor was found. It was the beginning of many life changes, including learning how to use an ostomy bag.

Julia's Wake-Up Call Story Julia’s “Wake-Up Call” Story  Julia tried to avoid smoking around her son, but she didn’t think too much about her own health. Then she was diagnosed with colon cancer and nearly died. In this video, Julia talks about how her battle with cancer terrified her loved ones and opened her eyes about how smoking can harm an entire family.

Julia and Mark's <em>Tips</em> Commercial Julia and Mark’s Tips Commercial  After years of smoking, Julia, a busy working mom, and Mark, a military veteran, each received frightening news. Their doctors found colorectal cancer, which is a danger for all smokers. In this TV commercial, Julia and Mark share a tip for dealing with colorectal cancer.

Mark's Story Mark’s Story  Mark picked up his first cigarette as a teenager to fit in with friends. Life moved quickly and he continued to smoke until age 42, when doctors told him he had rectal cancer, one of many cancers that are linked to smoking. In this video, Mark talks about the harsh treatments he needed to save his life.

Mark's 'Military Service and Illness' Story Mark’s “Military Service and Illness” Story  Mark started smoking before joining the Air Force and continued through his service in the Persian Gulf. At age 42, Mark was diagnosed with rectal cancer, one of many cancers that are linked to smoking. He now faced the fight of his life. In this video, Mark says his diagnosis brought everything to a grinding halt.

Rose's Tips Commercial Rose’s Tips Commercial  Rose developed lung cancer from smoking cigarettes. In this TV ad, she talks about her lung 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 died in January 2015. She was 60.

Rose's Story Rose’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. At age 60, she died from lung cancer caused by smoking.

Rose's 'Three Keys to Recovery' Story Rose’s “Three Keys to Recovery” Story  Rose had lung cancer from smoking cigarettes, and she needed very difficult medical treatments. This video explains three keys that helped her get through treatments: family support, faith, and quitting smoking.

Shane's Story Shane’s Story  Shane, whose throat cancer was a result of smoking, discussed 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. Shane passed away in August 2016.

Sharon’s Diagnosed at 37 Story - A Tip From a Former Smoker

Sharon’s “Diagnosed at 37” Story Sharon started smoking at 13. In her late 30s, she was diagnosed with throat cancer. She was a busy mom with two children. She made their lunches, took them to school, and was active in parent-teacher groups. In this video, Sharon talks about finding a lump in her neck and being told it was cancer. Doctors treated the tumor with chemotherapy and radiation, and tried to save her voice box. But when her symptoms returned a year later, her doctor said removing her voice box was the next step.

Sharon’s Peer Pressure Story -  A Tip From a Former Smoker

Sharon’s “Peer Pressure” Story Like many teenage girls, Sharon started smoking in junior high school to fit in. She thought since all her friends were smoking, it was the cool thing to do. Sharon’s 12-year-old granddaughter is in junior high now. In this video, Sharon talks about her fear that her granddaughter will give in to peer pressure and try smoking. She says kids don’t realize that it doesn’t take long to get hooked.

Sharon's Story Sharon’s Story  Sharon was diagnosed with throat cancer in her thirties. She talks in this video about how she never thought smoking would lead to problems at such a young age.

Sharon’s Treadmill Tips Commercial - A Tip From a Former Smoker

Sharon’s “Treadmill” Tips Commercial Sharon started smoking at 13. When she was in her late 30s, she was diagnosed with throat cancer and she quit smoking. Despite repeated surgeries, chemotherapy and radiation, doctors had to remove Sharon’s voice box to save her life. In this commercial, Sharon shares that walking every day makes her feel like herself again—almost.

Shawn's Tips Commercial Shawn’s Tips Commercial  Shawn was 14 years old when he started smoking. In his mid-forties, 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 commercial, Shawn talks about the hardships of life with a stoma, a permanent opening in his throat.

Shawn's Story Shawn’s Story  Shawn, diagnosed with throat cancer in his mid-forties, discusses in this video how he never thought he’d get sick as a result of smoking.

Shawn's 'Struggle to Quit Smoking' Story Shawn’s “Struggle to Quit Smoking” Story  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.” 

Terrie's Tips Commercial Terrie’s Tips Commercial  Smoking causes cancer. In this TV commercial 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 'Voice' <em>Tips</em> Commercial Terrie’s “Voice” Tips Commercial  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 Tips Commercial: Don't Smoke Terrie’s “Don’t Smoke” Tips Commercial  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 commercial. She was 53.

Terrie’s 'Teenager' <em>Tips</em> Commerical Terrie’s “Teenager” Tips Commerical 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 'Surgeon General' <em>Tips</em> Commercial Terrie’s “Surgeon General” Tips Commercial  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 commercial, photos of Terrie put a human face on the millions killed by smoking.

Terrie's Story Terrie’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. 

Terrie's 'Little Things I Miss' Story Terrie’s “Little Things I Miss” Story 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's 'Terrie, What Are You Doing?' Story Terrie’s “Terrie, What Are You Doing?” Story  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, 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)

Becky's Tips Commercial Becky’s Tips Commercial  Becky started smoking cigarettes in high school to fit in. She was a heavy smoker for many years and at age 45, Becky was diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)—a serious lung disease. In this commercial, she talks about her need for continuous oxygen.

Becky's It Goes With Me Story Becky’s “It Goes With Me” Story  Becky smoked for years and has end-stage COPD. In this video, Becky talks about what her life is like now. Although she’s very grateful for the life-giving benefits of her oxygen tank, she explains that her life is very different than it was before she developed COPD.

Becky's Not What I Pictured COPD Story Becky’s “Not What I Pictured” Story  COPD doesn’t just affect the person who has it; it can affect the entire family. In this video, Becky, a 54-year-old mom, explains that her children have had to deal with her disease since they were very young and shares how her COPD has changed their lives.

Michael's 'COPD and Smoking' <em>Tips</em> Commercial Michael’s “COPD and Smoking” Tips Commercial  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's 'I Live in Constant Fear' Story Michael’s “I Live in Constant Fear” Story  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's 'My body screamed for air!' Story Michael’s “My body screamed for air!” Story  Michael suffers from COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), which makes it harder for a person to breathe and can cause death. In this video, 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's 'I Started Smoking at Age 9' Story Michael’s “I Started Smoking at Age 9” Story  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 Tips Commercial Bill’s Tips Commercial  Bill had diabetes and he used to smoke. Cigarette smoking made his diabetes much worse. In this commercial, 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's Life Is So Different Story Bill’s “Life Is So Different” Story  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 Smoking and Diabetes Don't Mix Story Bill’s “Smoking and Diabetes Don’t Mix” Story  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.

Dual Use of Tobacco Products

Kristy's Tips Commercial Kristy’s Tips Commercial  By age 33, Kristy had been a heavy smoker for 20 years. She tried using electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) to quit cigarette smoking, but continued to smoke regular cigarettes. She eventually stopped using e-cigarettes and went back to smoking regular cigarettes. In this commercial, Kristy talks about how she quit for good after her lung collapsed from smoking.

Kristy's Fear of What Comes Next Story Kristy’s “Fear of What Comes Next” Story  Kristy is a 36-year-old truck driver from Tennessee who used to smoke cigarettes to help pass time. In this video, Kristy explains what happened after one trip. She was rushed to the hospital, struggling to breathe. Her lung had collapsed. After surgery and a long recovery, she vowed never to smoke again.  

Kristy's It Wasn’t Better for Me Story Kristy’s “It Wasn’t Better for Me” Story  Kristy tried using e-cigarettes to help her stop smoking, but never quit smoking regular cigarettes completely. Only after her lung collapsed did she realize she had to stop smoking cigarettes completely.

Gum Disease

Brett's Tips Commercial Brett’s Tips Commercial  Brett started smoking at age 16. By his mid-thirties, 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 commercial, Brett says that your smile says a lot about you, and smoking can take that smile away.

Brett's Story Brett’s Story  Brett started smoking when he was 16 to impress a girl. By his mid-thirties, 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's Tooth Loss Isn't Pretty Story Brett’s “Tooth Loss Isn’t Pretty” Story  Brett lost all of his front teeth—top and bottom—by the time he was 42. He had gum disease, which is a risk for people who smoke, as Brett did. In this video, Brett talks about trying to hide his tooth loss, even from his wife.

Felicita's Story Felicita’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.

Felicita and Brett's Tips Commercial Felicita and Brett’s Tips Commercial  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 commercial, Brett and Felicita advise people not to smoke if they want to keep their teeth and their smiles.

Heart Disease / Stroke

 2018 - Brian – Do You Know? - A Tips From a Former Smoker

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’s Tips Commercial Brian’s Tips Commercial  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 commercial, Brian reveals how he couldn’t serve his country because of his heart disease.  

Brian's Part of Who I Was Story Brian’s “Part of Who I Was” Story  By the time Brian was 11 years old, he was already smoking close to a pack of cigarettes a day. In this video, Brian 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's There’s Hope Story Brian’s “There’s Hope” Story  This story 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.”    

Mariano's Story Mariano’s Story  Mariano smoked for 30 years. One day he woke up and felt dizzy and nauseous. “I didn’t know what was happening to me and started sweating.” Mariano needed open heart surgery to save his life. In this video from the CDC’s Tips from Former Smokers campaign he says: “I was fortunate to have a second chance at life.” Mariano hopes that others don’t risk their health and stop smoking today.

Roosevelt's Tips Commercial Roosevelt’s Tips Commercial  Roosevelt never thought that at 45-years-old he would have a heart attack due to his smoking. In this TV commercial, 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 Story Roosevelt’s Story  In this video, 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.

Roosevelt's 'It's Hard to Quit' Story Roosevelt’s “It’s Hard to Quit” Story  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. 

Roosevelt: "Stop Believing That Lie " Story Roosevelt’s “Stop Believing That Lie” Story  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.

Roosevelt's "Younger Smokers Think They Aren't Addicted" Story Roosevelt’s “Younger Smokers Think They Aren’t Addicted” Story  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.

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

Suzy in English with Spanish subtitles: Un consejo de Suzy (en Inglés con subtítulos en Español) Suzy’s Tips Commercial in English with Spanish subtitles: Anuncio 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 Story Brian’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.

Brian's Stroke and Slow Recovery Story Brian’s “Stroke and Slow Recovery” Story  Brian never imagined he could have a stroke at age 43. He was in good health. But smoking, combined with having HIV, caused a stroke when he was doing what he loved most—working at the potter’s wheel. In this video, Brian talks about the day of his stroke and his efforts to recover.

Mental Health Conditions: Depression and Anxiety

Rebecca's Tips Commercial Rebecca’s Tips Commercial  Rebecca started smoking at age 16.  At age 33, she was diagnosed with depression. As a smoker for many years, Rebecca turned to cigarettes to help her cope. When she tried to quit and couldn’t, she felt even more depressed and started smoking again. “That was just a vicious, vicious cycle,” she said. In this commercial from CDC’s Tips From Former Smokers campaign, Rebecca talks about how quitting made her feel better – mentally and physically.

Rebecca's 'The New Me' Story Rebecca’s “The New Me” Story  What makes a smoker quit? In this video, Rebecca reveals that the birth of her grandson motivated her to quit for good. She made other healthy changes too. She sought help for her depression and began to exercise. As a result, she is healthier and happier.

Rebecca's 'Vicious Cycle' Story Rebecca’s “Vicious Cycle” Story  Rebecca struggled with depression. In this video, Rebecca explains how she used to smoke to cope with her depression, but ended up feeling more depressed. She realized that cigarettes weren’t helping her and knew she had to quit. In her words, “It’s about taking control of your life.” She quit and found that there is life beyond smoking.  

Pregnancy

Amanda's Tips Commercial

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

Amanda's Story Amanda’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.

Amanda's Smoking, Family, and Pain Story Amanda’s “Smoking, Family, and Pain” Story  Amanda tried her first cigarette when she was in elementary school. In her 11-year-old mind, smoking seemed OK. After all, some family members smoked, so she tried it herself—and soon became a regular smoker, too. In this emotional video, Amanda talks about the pain that smoking brought to her family.

Quitting

Beatrice's Story Beatrice’s Story   Beatrice’s son, Nick, wrote her a letter urging her to quit smoking. In this video, Beatrice tells how this act of love gave her the courage to end a lifelong habit.

Beatrice's I Told Everyone I Stopped Smoking Story Beatrice’s “I Told Everyone I Stopped Smoking” Story   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 Ad Cessation Tips Commercial  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 commercial from CDC’s Tips From Former Smokers campaign.

James' Story James’ 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's "I Can't Be Diabetic and Smoke Too" Story James’s “I Can’t Be Diabetic and Smoke Too” Story  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's "No, I Won't Buy You Smokes" Story James’s “No, I Won’t Buy You Smokes” Story  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 'Smoking and Family' <em>Tips</em> Commercial Tiffany’s “Smoking and Family” Tips Commercial 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's 'How I Quit Smoking' Story Tiffany’s “How I Quit Smoking” Story   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's 'Surprising Things About Quitting' Story Tiffany’s “Surprising Things About Quitting” Story  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's 'You Don't Quit Just for Yourself' Story Tiffany’s “You Don’t Quit Just for Yourself” Story 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, 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.

Tiffany and Sharon’s Ways to Quit Tips Commercial - A Tip From a Former Smoker

Tiffany and Sharon’s “Ways to Quit” Tips Commercial  In this commercial, Tiffany encourages smokers get help to quit for good, using proven methods like smoking cessation counseling and nicotine replacement therapy, before they need to have their voice box removed like Sharon.

Vision Loss and Blindness

Marlene's Tips Commercial Marlene’s Tips Commercial   When Marlene started smoking in high school, she never imagined that smoking could lead to a serious eye disease. In this TV ad, Marlene talks about the treatments that keep her from losing more of her vision.

Marlene's 'Vision Loss' Story Marlene’s “Vision Loss” Story  Marlene smoked and started losing her vision at age 56. In this emotional video, she talks about having macular degeneration and her fear of losing her vision.

Marlene's 'Treatment' Story Marlene’s “Treatment” Story  Marlene smoked and developed wet macular degeneration, a disease that can lead to vision loss. Marlene knows that she’s lucky to have found a treatment for her eye disease. But getting shots directly into her eyeballs is still upsetting each time she gets them. In this video, Marlene talks about her monthly treatments.

African Americans | American Indians / Alaska Natives | Hispanics / Latinos | Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender | Military Service Members & Veterans | Pregnant or Planning

African Americans

Jamason

Jamason's I Didn't Know Why I Couldn't Breathe Story Jamason’s “I Didn’t Know Why I Couldn’t Breathe” Story  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, 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's Please Don't Smoke Near Me Story Jamason’s “Please Don’t Smoke Near Me” Story  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' Story James’ 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's "I Can't Be Diabetic and Smoke Too" Story James’s “I Can’t Be Diabetic and Smoke Too” Story  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's "No, I Won't Buy You Smokes" Story James’s “No, I Won’t Buy You Smokes” Story  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 Ad Cessation 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.

Julia

Julia and Mark's <em>Tips</em> Commercial Julia and Mark’s Tips Commercial  After years of smoking, Julia, a busy working mom, and Mark, a military veteran, each received frightening news. Their doctors found colorectal cancer, which is a danger for all smokers. In this TV commercial, Julia and Mark share a tip for dealing with colorectal cancer.

Julia's Story Julia’s Story  Julia smoked and developed colon cancer, which nearly killed her. In this video, Julia talks about having emergency surgery shortly after her tumor was found. It was the beginning of many life changes, including learning how to use an ostomy bag.

Julia's Wake-Up Call Story Julia’s “Wake-Up Call” Story  Julia tried to avoid smoking around her son, but she didn’t think too much about her own health. Then she was diagnosed with colon cancer and nearly died. In this video, Julia talks about how her battle with cancer terrified her loved ones and opened her eyes about how smoking can harm an entire family.

Marie

Marie's Story Marie’s Story  In this video, Marie talks about discovering she had Buerger’s disease, an illness caused by smoking, and its effects on her life.

Buerger's Disease<em>Tips</em> Commercial Buerger’s DiseaseTips Commercial  Smoking causes Buerger’s disease, which can lead to amputations. In this TV commercial, Brandon and Marie talk about living with the effects of Buerger’s disease as part of CDC’s Tips From Former Smokers campaign.

Roosevelt

Roosevelt's Tips Commercial Roosevelt’s Tips Commercial  Roosevelt never thought that at 45-years-old he would have a heart attack due to his smoking. In this TV commercial, 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 Story Roosevelt’s Story  In this video, 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.

Roosevelt's 'It's Hard to Quit' Story Roosevelt’s “It’s Hard to Quit” Story  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. 

Roosevelt: "Stop Believing That Lie " Story Roosevelt’s “Stop Believing That Lie” Story  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.

Roosevelt's "Younger Smokers Think They Aren't Addicted" Story Roosevelt’s “Younger Smokers Think They Aren’t Addicted” Story  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.

Tiffany

Tiffany's 'Smoking and Family' <em>Tips</em> Commercial Tiffany’s “Smoking and Family” Tips Commercial 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's 'Decision' <em>Tips</em> Commercial Tiffany’s “Decision” Tips Commercial  Like many smokers, Tiffany had seen an older family member harmed by smoking, yet she kept buying cigarettes for herself. In this emotional TV commercial, Tiffany talks about the “aha” moment that sent her on a different, healthier path for her own life.

Tiffany's 'How I Quit Smoking' Story Tiffany’s “How I Quit Smoking” Story   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's 'Surprising Things About Quitting' Story Tiffany’s “Surprising Things About Quitting” Story  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's 'You Don't Quit Just for Yourself' Story Tiffany’s “You Don’t Quit Just for Yourself” Story 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, 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.

Tiffany and Sharon’s Ways to Quit Tips Commercial - A Tip From a Former Smoker

Tiffany and Sharon’s “Ways to Quit” Tips Commercial  In this commercial, Tiffany encourages smokers get help to quit for good, using proven methods like smoking cessation counseling and nicotine replacement therapy, before they need to have their voice box removed like Sharon.

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American Indians / Alaska Natives

Michael

Michael's 'COPD and Smoking' <em>Tips</em> Commercial Michael’s “COPD and Smoking” Tips Commercial  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's 'I Live in Constant Fear' Story Michael’s “I Live in Constant Fear” Story  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's 'My body screamed for air!' Story Michael’s “My body screamed for air!” Story  Michael suffers from COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), which makes it harder for a person to breathe and can cause death. In this video, 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's 'I Started Smoking at Age 9' Story Michael’s “I Started Smoking at Age 9” Story  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 <em>Tips</em> Commercial Nathan’s Tips Commercial  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's 'I never smoked a day in my life!' Story Nathan’s “I never smoked a day in my life!” Story  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, 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's 'Sidelined by Other People's Smoke' Story Nathan’s “Sidelined by Other People’s Smoke” Story  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.

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Hispanics / Latinos

Beatrice

Beatrice's Story Beatrice’s Story   Beatrice’s son, Nick, wrote her a letter urging her to quit smoking. In this video, Beatrice tells how this act of love gave her the courage to end a lifelong habit.

Beatrice's I Told Everyone I Stopped Smoking Story Beatrice’s “I Told Everyone I Stopped Smoking” Story   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 Ad Cessation Tips Commercial  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 commercial from CDC’s Tips From Former Smokers campaign.

Felicita

Felicita's Story Felicita’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.

Felicita and Brett's Tips Commercial Felicita and Brett’s Tips Commercial  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 commercial, Brett and Felicita advise people not to smoke if they want to keep their teeth and their smiles.

Jessica

Jessica's Asthma Tips Commercial Jessica’s Asthma Tips Commercial  Exposure to secondhand smoke can trigger a life-threatening asthma attack. This commercial, 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.

Jessica en Espanol

Jessica 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. ##04JUL##

Mariano

Mariano's Story Mariano’s Story  Mariano smoked for 30 years. One day he woke up and felt dizzy and nauseous. “I didn’t know what was happening to me and started sweating.” Mariano needed open heart surgery to save his life. In this video from the CDC’s Tips from Former Smokers campaign he says: “I was fortunate to have a second chance at life.” Mariano hopes that others don’t risk their health and stop smoking today.

Rose

Rose's Tips Commercial Rose’s Tips Commercial  Rose developed lung cancer from smoking cigarettes. In this TV ad, she talks about her lung 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 died in January 2015. She was 60.

Rose's Story Rose’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. At age 60, she died from lung cancer caused by smoking.

Rose's 'Three Keys to Recovery' Story Rose’s “Three Keys to Recovery” Story  Rose had lung cancer from smoking cigarettes, and she needed very difficult medical treatments. This video explains three keys that helped her get through treatments: family support, faith, and quitting smoking.

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Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT)

Brian B. (HIV) 

Brian's Story Brian’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.

Brian's Stroke and Slow Recovery Story Brian’s “Stroke and Slow Recovery” Story  Brian never imagined he could have a stroke at age 43. He was in good health. But smoking, combined with having HIV, caused a stroke when he was doing what he loved most—working at the potter’s wheel. In this video, Brian talks about the day of his stroke and his efforts to recover.

Ellie

Ellie's It was Terrifying to Get an Asthma Attack Story Ellie’s “It was Terrifying to Get an Asthma Attack” Story  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, Ellie 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's Smoke and the LGBT Scene Story Ellie’s “Smoke and the LGBT Scene” Story  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.

Rose

Rose's Tips Commercial Rose’s Tips Commercial  Rose developed lung cancer from smoking cigarettes. In this TV ad, she talks about her lung 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 died in January 2015. She was 60.

Rose's Story Rose’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. At age 60, she died from lung cancer caused by smoking.

Rose's 'Three Keys to Recovery' Story Rose’s “Three Keys to Recovery” Story  Rose had lung cancer from smoking cigarettes, and she needed very difficult medical treatments. This video explains three keys that helped her get through treatments: family support, faith, and quitting smoking.

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Military Service Members & Veterans

Brian H. (Heart Disease/Cancer)

 2018 - Brian – Do You Know? - A Tips From a Former Smoker

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’s Tips Commercial Brian’s Tips Commercial  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 commercial, Brian reveals how he couldn’t serve his country because of his heart disease.  

Brian's Part of Who I Was Story Brian’s “Part of Who I Was” Story  By the time Brian was 11 years old, he was already smoking close to a pack of cigarettes a day. In this video, Brian 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's There’s Hope Story Brian’s “There’s Hope” Story  This story 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.”    

James

James' Story James’ 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's "I Can't Be Diabetic and Smoke Too" Story James’s “I Can’t Be Diabetic and Smoke Too” Story  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's "No, I Won't Buy You Smokes" Story James’s “No, I Won’t Buy You Smokes” Story  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 Ad Cessation 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.

Mark

Julia and Mark's <em>Tips</em> Commercial Julia and Mark’s Tips Commercial  After years of smoking, Julia, a busy working mom, and Mark, a military veteran, each received frightening news. Their doctors found colorectal cancer, which is a danger for all smokers. In this TV commercial, Julia and Mark share a tip for dealing with colorectal cancer.

Mark's Story Mark’s Story  Mark picked up his first cigarette as a teenager to fit in with friends. Life moved quickly and he continued to smoke until age 42, when doctors told him he had rectal cancer, one of many cancers that are linked to smoking. In this video, Mark talks about the harsh treatments he needed to save his life.

Mark's 'Military Service and Illness' Story Mark’s “Military Service and Illness” Story  Mark started smoking before joining the Air Force and continued through his service in the Persian Gulf. At age 42, Mark was diagnosed with rectal cancer, one of many cancers that are linked to smoking. He now faced the fight of his life. In this video, Mark says his diagnosis brought everything to a grinding halt.

Michael

Michael's 'COPD and Smoking' <em>Tips</em> Commercial Michael’s “COPD and Smoking” Tips Commercial  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's 'I Live in Constant Fear' Story Michael’s “I Live in Constant Fear” Story  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's 'My body screamed for air!' Story Michael’s “My body screamed for air!” Story  Michael suffers from COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), which makes it harder for a person to breathe and can cause death. In this video, 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's 'I Started Smoking at Age 9' Story Michael’s “I Started Smoking at Age 9” Story  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 <em>Tips</em> Commercial Nathan’s Tips Commercial  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's 'I never smoked a day in my life!' Story Nathan’s “I never smoked a day in my life!” Story  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, 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's 'Sidelined by Other People's Smoke' Story Nathan’s “Sidelined by Other People’s Smoke” Story  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.

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Pregnant or Planning

Amanda

Amanda's Tips Commercial

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

Amanda's Story Amanda’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.

Amanda's Smoking, Family, and Pain Story Amanda’s “Smoking, Family, and Pain” Story  Amanda tried her first cigarette when she was in elementary school. In her 11-year-old mind, smoking seemed OK. After all, some family members smoked, so she tried it herself—and soon became a regular smoker, too. In this emotional video, Amanda talks about the pain that smoking brought to her family.

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