- Created on Tuesday, 31 December 2013 20:07
- Written by IVN
Washington, DC - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's 2013 Tips From Former Smokers campaign helped more than 100,000 Americans likely quit smoking for good, exceeding the original goal of 50,000. The 2013 Tipscampaign generated 150,000 additional calls to quitlines and 2.8 million additional website visits.
This January will mark the 50th anniversary of the first Surgeon General's Report linking cigarette smoking to lung cancer. Smoking remains the leading cause of preventable death and disease in the United States, killing more than 1,200 Americans every day. More than 8 million Americans live with a smoking-related disease. Each day, over 1,000 youth under 18 become daily smokers. Smoking-related diseases cost Americans $96 billion a year in direct health care expenses, a substantial portion of which come in taxpayer-supported payments.
“Smoking and secondhand smoke kill – and they also harm smokers and non-smokers. The Tips from Former Smokers campaign shows the painful effects of smoking through former smokers, in a way that numbers alone cannot,” said CDC Director Tom Frieden, MD, MPH. “These are the kinds of ads that smokers tell us help motivate them to quit, saving lives and money.”
For more information on CDC’s work in 2013, visit:
Our Nation’s Health by the Numbers: 2013
CDC looks back at 2013 health challenges, ahead to 2014 health worries