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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is continuing Tips From Former Smokers (Tips), the national tobacco education ad campaign featuring real people living with the effects of smoking-related diseases or exposure to secondhand. The Tips campaign began in 2012 as the first national campaign sponsored and funded by a federal agency with the goal of educating the public about the harmful effects of smoking and encouraging quitting. The commercials in the Tips campaign show how smoking-related illnesses have forever changed the lives of everyday people.

To receive more information, or to arrange an interview with a subject matter expert, call the Office on Smoking and Health press line at 770.488.5493; or email media@cdc.gov.

For additional information tailored for journalists, please see CDC's Tips From Former Smokers Digital Press Kit, which includes resources, multimedia, and quotes from experts.

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Images and Photos

Tips 2014 Photos


Amanda

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Amanda, 30, Wisconsin; smoked during pregnancy and had a premature baby

Brett

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Brett, 50, New Mexico; smoked and lost most of his teeth to gum disease


Brian

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Brian, 45, California; had a stroke triggered by smoking combined with HIV

Felicita

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Felicita, 54, Florida; lost all her teeth by age 50


Rose

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Rose, 59, Texas; diagnosed with lung cancer that spread to her brain


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Tips 2013 Photos


Bill

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Bill, 40, Michigan; diagnosed with diabetes; has other health problems, too

Ellie

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Ellie, 57, Florida; had asthma attack triggered by secondhand smoke at 35


Jamason

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Jamason, 18, Kentucky; had asthma attack triggered by secondhand smoke at 16

Mariano

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Mariano, 55, Illinois; had open heart surgery at age 47


Michael

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Michael, 57, Alaska; diagnosed with COPD at age 44

Nathan

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Nathan, 54, Idaho; has severe lung damage from secondhand smoke exposure


Terrie

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Terrie, 52, North Carolina; diagnosed with oral and throat cancers at 40

Tiffany

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Tiffany, 35, Louisiana; quit smoking at 34; smoke-free since January 2012


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Tips 2012 Photos


AnnettePhoto of Annette [JPEG, 200x286 - 73KB], 57, New York; diagnosed with lung cancer at age 52

BrandonPhoto of Brandon [JPEG, 200x292 - 71KB], 31, North Dakota; diagnosed with Buerger’s disease at age 18


ShawnPhoto of Shawn [JPEG, 154x251 - 55KB], 51, Washington State; diagnosed with throat cancer at age 46

ShawnPhoto of Shawn [JPEG, 586x198 - 101KB], 51, Washington State; diagnosed with throat cancer at age 46

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Download Center


CDC's Tips From Former Smokers campaign materials are available without cost. Visit the Download Center to learn more about the parameters and restrictions on their use.

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Matte Articles


Pre-written matte articles ready for adaptation and use by journalists, bloggers, or other members of the media about the Tips from Former Smokers campaign.

Tips Campaign Matte Article: for the General Public. Emotional Ads From CDC's Tips From Former Smokers Campaign Hit Home Once Again.

Tips Campaign Matte Article: for African Americans. CDC Continues Tips From Former Smokers Campaign.

Tips Campaign Matte Article: for American Indian/Alaska Natives. CDC Continues Tips From Former Smokers Campaign.

Tips Campaign Matte Article: for Asian Americans. CDC Continues Tips From Former Smokers Campaign.

Tips Campaign for Faith Communities. Faith Leaders Unite in Support of CDC's Tips From Former Smokers Campaign.

Tips Campaign Matte Article: for Hispanics/Latinos. Emotional Ads Show Smoking's Toll in Hispanic and Latino Families.

Tips Campaign Matte Article: for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT). Emotional Ads Show Smoking's Toll in LGBT Communities.

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Overviews of Diseases/Conditions

Learn the facts about the smoking-related diseases and conditions featured in the campaign.

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