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Former Smokers Centerpiece of New Anti-Smoking Campaign

PHOTO: The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has kicked off its new Tips from Former Smokers campaign, highlighting the health effects of smoking on the body beyond the heart and lungs. Photo credit: Valentin Ottone/Flickr.
PHOTO: The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has kicked off its new Tips from Former Smokers campaign, highlighting the health effects of smoking on the body beyond the heart and lungs. Photo credit: Valentin Ottone/Flickr.
March 31, 2015

DES MOINES, Iowa - Colon cancer, vision problems and myths about "vaping," a slang term for using e-cigarettes, are featured in a new CDC campaign called Tips from Former Smokers.

According to CDC senior medical officer Dr. Tim McAfee, the public awareness of smoking-related health damages beyond the heart and lungs is limited, but the risks have been scientifically proven. He says vaping is being aggressively marketed as a way to help smokers quit, but so far research shows it doesn't help.

McAfee also cites research showing that reducing the amount of traditional smoking by using e-cigarettes doesn't help, either.

"The 2010 surgeon general's report found that fewer cigarettes per day does not reduce cardiovascular disease," he says. "The only way to stop the progression of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease is to quit smoking completely."

The anti-smoking campaign features television and radio spots, online images, video and print components, all bearing testimonials from former smokers now dealing with major health problems - and directing smokers to call the Quitline at 1-800-QUIT-NOW.

"Julia" is one of the former smokers in the CDC campaign. She details her life after colon cancer, which she connects to more than 30 years of smoking, starting as a teenager.

"It wasn't just about the physical pain and suffering I endured, it was also the fear and sadness I saw in my family," she says. "That hurt almost more than the cancer itself."

Other former smokers share their stories about rectal cancer, lung cancer and age-related macular degeneration.

John Michaelson, Public News Service - IA