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Former Smokers Are Back With More Tips to Save Lives

CDC ad campaign has helped over 100,000 smokers to quit

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Jan 31, 2014

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On February 3, the CDC will launch the third year of its Tips from Former Smokers advertising campaign that has already inspired more than 100,000 smokers to quit for good.

The ads feature the compelling stories of real people who have suffered from tobacco-caused diseases, including cancer, heart attacks, amputations and diabetes complications. The ads counter the $8.8 billion a year marketing barrage of the tobacco industry and tell the harsh truth about how devastating and unglamorous cigarette smoking truly is.

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posted January 31, 2014

Big Tobacco’s Tricks Not Treats

Hooking kids with candy flavors

Editor
Oct 31, 2013

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They come in flavors like wild apple, berry blend, watermelon and chocolate.

They may sound like Halloween treats, but in fact they’re Big Tobacco’s tricks for getting kids hooked on their products.

Tobacco companies peddle sweet-flavored cigars and smokeless tobacco products that are flavored and colorfully packaged just like candy. Sometimes sugary snacks and their tobacco imitators even share counter space in convenience stores.

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posted October 31, 2013

CDC Ads Motivate More Smokers to Try to Quit

Media campaigns must be expanded and sustained

Editor
Sep 23, 2013

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently reported that year one of its “Tips from Former Smokers” advertising campaign exceeded all expectations.  The 2012 campaign drove 1.6 million smokers to try to quit and helped more than 100,000 to quit for good, according to a study in the medical journal The Lancet.

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posted September 23, 2013

Former Smokers Are Back With More Tips to Save Lives

CDC ad campaign tells deadly truth about smoking

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Mar 28, 2013

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is launching the second year of its “Tips from Former Smokers” advertising campaign that tells the harsh truth about how devastating cigarette smoking truly is.

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posted March 28, 2013

Adults with Mental Illness Smoke at Higher Rates, Government Report Finds

Mentally ill smokers want to quit, but need more intensive help

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Feb 6, 2013

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People with mental illness smoke at much higher rates than the U.S. population as a whole, but are as interested in quitting as other smokers and can quit successfully with more intensive smoking cessation treatment.

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posted February 06, 2013

Start the New Year Tobacco-Free

Help available for smokers trying to quit

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Dec 28, 2012

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Many smokers will ring in the New Year with resolutions to quit for good. People who stop smoking can greatly reduce their risk for many diseases and premature death, while protecting family member and others around them from harmful secondhand smoke.

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posted December 28, 2012

Evidence Grows of How Smoking Harms Reproductive, Child Health

Pregnant smokers can get help quitting

Editor
Nov 5, 2012

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The U.S. Surgeon General and other public health experts have found that smoking damages nearly every organ in the human body and harms health at every stage of life.  Increasingly, we are learning of the many ways that smoking and exposure to secondhand smoke harm reproductive and child health.

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posted November 05, 2012

CDC’s Powerful Ads Motivate Smokers to Get Help Quitting

Ads produced big jumps in quitline calls, website visits

Editor
Aug 30, 2012

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that its unprecedented anti-smoking ad campaign — Tips from Former Smokers (TIPS) — motivated hundreds of thousands of smokers to seek help quitting.

The 12-week campaign, which ended June 10, featured the real stories of former smokers who are suffering the debilitating health effects of their tobacco use.

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posted August 30, 2012

CDC Report Exposes Tobacco Companies’ Latest Tricks to Promote Smoking

Low-tax products attract kids and keep smokers hooked

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Aug 3, 2012

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A new report released by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that tobacco companies are manipulating their products to avoid taxes and regulations aimed at reducing smoking, undermining the fight against the nation’s leading cause of preventable death.

In particular, tobacco companies have mislabeled roll-your-own tobacco as pipe tobacco and increased the weight of many cigars to escape higher tobacco taxes imposed by a 2009 federal law.  By keeping the prices of these products low, tobacco companies are attracting kids and keeping smokers hooked.

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posted August 03, 2012

Powerful Anti-Smoking Ads Prompt Record Calls to Quit Lines

Smokers also seek help online after seeing hard-hitting media campaign

Editor
Apr 2, 2012

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Calls to the toll-free number that provides help to smokers trying to quit more than doubled in the first week after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention unveiled new anti-smoking ads, which depict former smokers coping with devastating diseases and disabilities caused by their tobacco use.

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posted April 02, 2012

Tips from Former Smokers on Why You Should Quit – Or Never Start

Unprecedented national media campaign will save lives and money

Editor
Mar 15, 2012

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Meet Terrie.  She starts her day by putting on a blonde wig and affixing a hands-free device to her tracheotomy hole to help her speak.  Meet Brandon, who sits at the edge of his bed to ease on his artificial limbs. And Roosevelt – he’ll show you the deep scar that runs up and down his torso, the result of heart surgery.

These former smokers are the unlikely stars of the new nationwide media campaign aimed at encouraging smokers to quit and preventing children from starting to smoke. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention unveiled the ads at a Washington news conference.

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posted March 15, 2012

Show the Love on Valentine’s Day

Pamper your heart by quitting smoking and helping loved ones quit

Editor
Feb 14, 2012

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Tired of chocolates? Are flowers all too forgettable?

Give the enduring gift of better heart health by quitting smoking or encouraging a loved one to quit this Valentine’s Day.

In addition to causing cancer and respiratory diseases, smoking is also a leading cause of heart disease.  In fact, about 130,000 deaths from cardiovascular disease every year are attributable to smoking, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  About 26 percent of heart attacks and 12-19 percent of strokes are attributable to smoking, the CDC says.

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posted February 14, 2012

Ring in the New Year with Good Health

Smokers and their families can make 2012 the year to quit

Editor
Jan 3, 2012

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Every year, "quit smoking" is among the top 10 New Year's resolutions that Americans make, and for good reasons. 

 

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posted January 03, 2012

Most Smokers Want to Quit, but Too Few Succeed

CDC study shows need for affordable and accessible treatment

Editor
Nov 10, 2011

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The overwhelming majority of smokers want to quit and more than half of them tried to do so last year, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Yet too few smokers are using proven treatments, such as medication and counseling, to help them stop smoking for good.

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posted November 10, 2011

Where You Work Affects Whether You Smoke

CDC study says employers can help reduce smoking, saving lives and money

Editor
Sep 30, 2011

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While the United States has made huge progress in reducing smoking, not all Americans are benefiting equally. Where you work can make a big difference in whether you smoke — and how healthy you are.

 

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posted September 30, 2011

Need a Last Minute Gift for Mom?

Encourage her to quit smoking for the gift of better health

Editor
May 6, 2011

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Lung cancer — not breast cancer — is the leading cancer killer among women, and smoking causes 80 percent of these deaths.

So there's no better gift for Mom this Mother's Day than giving her the encouragement, support and information she needs to help her stop smoking.

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posted May 06, 2011

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