Have you heard of "Tips from Former Smokers" (Tips) before? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) launched their first-ever paid national tobacco education campaign in March of 2012; new advertisements were released in April of this year and a third set of advertisements are scheduled to be released in 2014. This campaign featured emotionally powerful stories of former smokers who are now living with smoking-related diseases and disabilities. People who smoke and were thinking of quitting were encouraged to call 1-800-QUIT-NOW or to visit a quit-assistance website.
According to the CDC, "Smoking is the leading cause of preventable death and kills about 443,000 Americans each year."
You can find more information on smoking and tobacco use in Missouri here. Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) offers specific information on the Quitline (1-800-QUIT-NOW) and resources for smokers. Check these out today!