Sharon is a former smoker who was diagnosed with throat cancer in her thirties, leading to the loss of her larynx. In these commercials and extended videos, Sharon tells her story.
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
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
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
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 was diagnosed with throat cancer in her thirties. She talks about how she never thought smoking would lead to problems at such a young age in this video from CDC’s Tips From Former Smokers® campaign.
This TV ad, 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.
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