Kristy had a deep smoker's cough and tried using e-cigarettes as a way to cut back on cigarette smoking but continued to smoke regular cigarettes. Eventually, she stopped using e-cigarettes and went back to smoking only cigarettes. Later, her lung collapsed. In these commercials and extended videos, Kristy tells her story.
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 ad from CDC's Tips From Former Smokers™ campaign, Kristy talks about how she quit for good after her lung collapsed from smoking.
Kristy: It Wasn't Better for Me
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: Fear of What Comes Next
Kristy is a 36-year-old truck driver from Tennessee who used to smoke cigarettes to help pass time. In this video from CDC's Tips From Former Smokers campaign, 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.
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