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Nevada Joins CDC's Anti-Smoking Campaign

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PHOTO: The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has kicked off its new Tips From Former Smokers campaign, which addresses the health risks of smoking and the myths of e-cigarettes. Photo credit: Alaska Department of Health and Social Services.
PHOTO: The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has kicked off its new Tips From Former Smokers campaign, which addresses the health risks of smoking and the myths of e-cigarettes. Photo credit: Alaska Department of Health and Social Services.
March 30, 2015

LAS VEGAS - People in Nevada and around the U.S. are being reminded of the health risks of smoking - and the myths associated with e-cigarettes - in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's new Tips From Former Smokers campaign.

CDC Senior Medical Officer Dr. Tim McAfee says that vaping, the use of e-cigarettes, is being aggressively marketed as a way to help smokers quit, although the research so far shows it does not help. In addition, he cites research showing that reducing the amount of traditional smoking by using e-cigs doesn't help, either.

"The 2010 Surgeon General's Report found that fewer cigarettes per day does not reduce cardiovascular disease, and that the only way to stop the progression of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease is to quit smoking completely," says McAfee.

The anti-smoking campaign features television and radio spots, online images and video and print components bearing testimonials from former smokers dealing with major health problems and directs smokers to call the QuitLine (1-800-QUIT-NOW).

'Julia' is one of the former smokers in this year's 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 that hurt almost more than the cancer itself," she says.

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

Troy Wilde, Public News Service - NV