CDC Launches 6th Year of Lifesaving ‘Tips from Former Smokers’ Campaign
(January 9, 2017) - CHICAGO
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Statement of Harold P. Wimmer, National President and CEO of the American Lung Association, in response to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) launch of the 2017 Tips from Former Smokers campaign:
"Today's launch of the 2017 Tips from Former Smokers campaign marks the 6th year of this groundbreaking and lifesaving mass media campaign. Since its debut in 2012, it has inspired over five million smokers to attempt to quit smoking and more than half a million of those people have quit for good. This dramatic success makes the Tips campaign a public health 'best buy,' delivering maximum results for a modest investment.
"The importance of the Tips campaign is as significant today as ever. Tobacco is the leading cause of preventable death in the United States—and for every person who dies from smoking, there are 30 people living with a serious smoking-related disease, costing the United States over $175 billion a year in healthcare spending. Last week, CDC released new data showing that over two-thirds of smokers want to quit, but only 57 percent received advice on how to quit, and only 7 percent of smokers were successful in quitting recently. This important campaign no only prompts smokers to make a quit attempt, but provides the critical information that help is available.
"The Lung Association applauds CDC for the continuation of this inspiring and live-saving Tipscampaign. The bravery of the Tips campaign participants, sharing their stories of the long term health effects smoking and secondhand smoke, is the reason this public health investment is so successful."
Learn more about tobacco cessation, including the American Lung Association's proven-effective quit smoking program Freedom From Smoking® at Freedomfromsmoking.org. For media interested in speaking with an expert about tobacco use and quitting tobacco contact the American Lung Association at [email protected] or 312-801-7628.
About the American Lung Association
The American Lung Association is the leading organization working to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease, through research, education and advocacy. The work of the American Lung Association is focused on four strategic imperatives: to defeat lung cancer; to improve the air we breathe; to reduce the burden of lung disease on individuals and their families; and to eliminate tobacco use and tobacco-related diseases. For more information about the American Lung Association, a holder of the Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Guide Seal, or to support the work it does, call 1-800-LUNGUSA (1-800-586-4872) or visit: Lung.org.