U.S. healthcare officials claim that the ads in the government’s anti-smoking campaign have pushed up to 1.6 million people to try to quit cigarettes, says a report published in Bloomberg.com on September 9. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the government-created “Tips From Former Smokers” ads which were first aired last year, resulted in a 12 percent increase in personal efforts to quit smoking.
About 44 million people in the U.S. ages 18 and older smoke and smoking is the foremost preventable cause of death in the country. Smoking can cause serious health problems such as cancer, stroke, heart diseases and lung diseases such as bronchitis, chronic airway obstruction and emphysema.
The government’s anti-smoking campaign included stories of people suffering from smoking related diseases and was funded mainly by the 2010 Affordable Care Act. Following the airing of the ads on national cable and local TV networks, 220,000 stayed non-smokers by the end of the first three-months. Calls to the QUIT- hotline more than doubled and the website www.smokefree.gov saw an additional 500,000 visitors. The success of the ads which focused on the worst effects of smoking has the government planning to intensify its efforts next year.
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Make the decision to quit cigarettes for the sake of your own health and that of your family. Inspire others to do the same and make a meaningful contribution to society.