U.S. health officials released a new round of graphic anti-smoking ads featuring former smokers living with the ravages of tobacco.
The new ads highlight the benefits of quitting for the families of smokers and the importance of giving up cigarettes completely, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
“Bottom line, these ads will save lives and they will also save money,” CDC director Dr. Tom Frieden said during a news conference Thursday. Tobacco is “public health enemy number one,” Frieden said. “More than 1,000 Americans per day are killed by tobacco — nearly 500,000 every year.” Yet 42 million Americans still smoke, according to the CDC.
Among those former smokers featured in the ads is Julia, 58, who smoked for more than 20 years and developed colon cancer at 49. “I tried to quit many times,” she said during the news conference. “With the help of my family and my faith, I was able to quit smoking successfully. Unfortunately, I did not walk away from smoking without consequences. The battle I fought with cancer isn’t something I would wish on anybody.”
To read more about the ads go to: http://1.usa.gov/1CMmNiA