Ex-smokers rally behind CDC ad campaign, quit-line
With a series of personal portraits detailing victims of smoking-related illnesses -- including heart disease, tooth loss, depression and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) -- ads will run for 20 weeks on television, the radio, billboards, the Internet, in magazines and newspapers.
Since 2012, the CDC’s “Tips” program has generated over 600,000 extra calls to its free national quit-line, 1-800-QUIT-NOW, equivalent to approximately 62 percent more individuals.
“More than 30 courageous people have shared their stories through the Tips campaign since 2012,” CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden said. “These real-life stories show, in a way that statistics can’t, the suffering and disability smoking causes. Most Americans who have ever smoked have already quit, and most people who still smoke want to quit -- this campaign will help them try and help them succeed.”
The ads bring to light the personal struggles of individuals battling the effects of long-term cigarette smoking -- from a Texas military vet who started smoking as an eight-year-old boy to a Florida grandmother who overcame her addiction to compete in a 5K race at age 53.
The CDC notes that switching to e-cigarettes does not diminish the dangers of tobacco use.
Smokers can call the quit-line to share their stories, view others’ outcomes or simply to reach out for help in their struggle to regain control over their health.
Organizations in this story
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 1600 Clifton Rd Atlanta, GA 30329