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Tips from Former Smokers
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Tips From Former Smokers

The Tips from Former Smokers campaign features real people suffering as a result of smoking and exposure to secondhand smoke. Their compelling stories send a powerful message: Quit smoking now. Or better yet — don’t start.

Real Stories

Meet Shawn

Meet ShawnNew

Shawn, 51, Washington State; diagnosed with throat cancer at age 46

Meet Roosevelt

Meet Roosevelt

Roosevelt, 51, Virginia; had a heart attack at age 45

Meet Terrie

Meet Terrie

Terrie, 51, North Carolina; diagnosed with oral and throat cancers at 40

Campaign Resources

Badges and Buttons

Example of button for general publicButtons for the General Public Share the message of the Tips campaign on your Web site.

Example of button for healthcare providersButtons for Healthcare Providers Let other physicians and providers know about the Tips campaign.

Images and Photos

AnnettePhoto of Annette [JPEG, 200x286 - 73KB], 57, New York; diagnosed with lung cancer at age 52

BrandonPhoto of Brandon [JPEG, 200x292 - 71KB], 31, North Dakota; diagnosed with Buerger’s disease at age 18

ShawnPhoto of Shawn [JPEG, 154x251 - 55KB], 51, Washington State; diagnosed with throat cancer at age 46

ShawnPhoto of Shawn [JPEG, 586x198 - 101KB], 51, Washington State; diagnosed with throat cancer at age 46

More Campaign Resources

Featured Videos

Get to know the real people who appear in the Tips from Former Smokers campaign. Watch their videos to hear what it’s like to live with a smoking-related illness, why they started smoking, and their motivations for quitting.

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4 months today, after 40 plus years. Thanks to these commercials.

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