Suzy’s Story

Meet Suzy
Meet Suzy

Suzy, age 62, came from a family of smokers, so it wasn’t unusual when she began sneaking cigarettes at age 15. Suzy grew up and married; she and her husband were exemplary entrepreneurs. Both also smoked. Although Suzy had quit smoking when she was pregnant with her second child, she eventually started again, smoking on and off for several years.

In 2007, at age 57, Suzy suffered a stroke, which her doctors linked to her many years of smoking. It was then that she quit smoking for good. The stroke caused her to have partial paralysis and problems with her speech and eyes. Worse yet, it cost Suzy her independence.

Suzy’s Videos


Suzy suffered a stroke, which her doctors linked to her many years of smoking. She quit smoking for good, but the stroke caused her to have partial paralysis and problems with her speech and eyes. In these commercials and extended videos, Suzy tells her story.

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

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Suzy’s Biography


Suzy came from a family of smokers. “My mother, father, grandparents — the whole family did it,” she says. It wasn’t unusual, then, when Suzy began sneaking cigarettes at age 15.

Suzy

Suzy grew up and married; she and her husband were exemplary entrepreneurs. Their successful ventures included a seafood market in Florida and a marine fuel business. Both also smoked. They had two children, and when Suzy learned she was pregnant with her second son, Daniel, she gave up cigarettes. “I was determined to quit, and I did — cold turkey,” says Suzy.

Although she had quit smoking during her pregnancy, Suzy resumed smoking shortly after Daniel’s birth. “I was running out of breath frequently and thought, I can’t be smoking around a baby,’” she says. She quit again. The talented cook substituted cooking for smoking and she kept busy with her family and friends, as well as reading and traveling. But she still smoked on and off for several years, according to her son Daniel.

In 2007, at age 57, Suzy suffered a stroke, which her doctors linked to her many years of smoking. It was then that she quit smoking for good. The stroke caused Suzy to have partial paralysis and problems with her speech and eyes. Worse yet, it cost Suzy her independence. “I’m dependent on other people. I need someone to help wash and dress me, to help me to the bathroom,” she says.

Today, at 62, Suzy’s spirit remains upbeat. She’s an avid reader, currently making her way through many best sellers, and still loves to cook and travel. She believes the Tips From Former Smokers® campaign can make a difference. On the subject of smoking, she stresses, “If you haven’t started, don’t; and if you have started, you can quit. It’s never too late.”

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