The CDC is kicking off a new national smoking cessation campaign today called “Tips from Former Smokers”. The new tobacco education campaign will begin airing today and will run nationally for 12 weeks. Ads include television, radio, billboard, magazine, newspaper, theater, and online placements. In addition, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and other channels will help spread the campaign’s message more broadly, particularly among younger audiences.
The “Tips from Former Smokers” campaign features real people suffering as a result of smoking and exposure to secondhand smoke. Most of them were diagnosed with smoking-related illnesses when they were relatively young—many in their 30s and 40s, and one at only 18. Their stories send a powerful message: Quit smoking now. Or better yet—don’t start. To view the ads, please visit the campaign’s website and look under “Real Stories.”
A couple of months ago we expanded our arsenal of resources to help smokers quit tobacco with the addition of the Call it Quits app which is also on our Facebook page. The Call It Quits app on Facebook is another free tool brought to you by the ASHLine to help smokers win their battle against tobacco. The Arizona Smokers’ Helpline, has been helping Arizonans quit for more than 15 years-and has a 40% quit rate at six months.
Smoking excessively can become a bad habit that makes it harder to Quit Smoking. Every year, the age of smokers are getting younger and the smoker population is only increasing. Even teens have adopted the habit due to peer pressure or because they find it normal to do with the adults also smoking by example. What they do not know is that smoking one stick of a cigarette can shorten their lifespan by the minute. The younger the age when they started smoking, the shorter their life expectancy.
It is important to be aware to quit smoking as it is one of the biggest evils that exist in the world. Smoking can cause cancer which ultimately leads to death. This is, fortunately, a type of cancer that can be avoided. Compared to many other drugs that exist, it takes lesser time to get addicted to tobacco and the effect of this addiction isn’t immediate. It takes years before people realize that they are addicted to smoking. There are many smoking facts that people need to understand, so that they can quit smoking. It is vital that you understand a few things about the substance that the cigarette is made off.
Its shocking that most of people diagnosed with smoking-related illnesses when they were relatively young—many in their 30s and 40s. More awareness among youngsters is needed.