Great American Smokeout to celebrate 10-year anniversary of CDC campaign

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ/Press Release) – The American Cancer Society’s Great American Smokeout event is coming up on Nov. 18 and hopes to inspire smokers to start their journey toward a smokefree life.

The CDC is celebrating 10 years of the Tips From Former Smokers® (Tips®campaign. It was the first federally funded national tobacco education campaign featuring real people telling their stories about their challenges of living with or caring for someone with a smoking-related health condition and the importance of quitting for good.

“The campaign shows that smoking doesn’t just kill; it can lead to many chronic diseases, disability, and could ultimately rob people who smoke of their independence,” said Deirdre Lawrence Kittner, PhD, MPH, director of CDC’s Office on Smoking and Health.

“While some of these ads can be difficult to watch, they show the challenges that real people face every day as a result of smoking in a way that statistics cannot,” Kittner continued. “By providing information, resources, and motivation, for 10 years, the Tips® campaign has proven to be highly effective in helping people across the country quit smoking.”

For more information about the Great American Smokeout and other resources to help quit smoking, click here.

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