The new Tips from Former Smokers campaign provide more unique and compelling stories about the damage smoking causes. These are real people sharing real stories. If you smoke you need to see this.
Many people believe that smoking can kill, but it also lames, disfigures and robs smokers of their quality of life. The reality for most smokers is emphysema, heart attacks, amputations, cancer, and lost voice boxes. Meet the real people (brave former smokers) in these three new commercials.
Michael, who is in his 50s, has Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) —a condition caused by smoking—that makes it harder and harder to breathe. In this TV commercial from CDC's Tips From Former Smokers campaign, Michael offers a tip that if your doctor gives you 5 years to live, like his doctor did, spend it sharing your wisdom and love with your children and grandchildren so they have something to remember you by.
Meet Tiffany: Smoking and Family
When Tiffany was 16, her mother—a cigarette smoker—died of lung cancer. Despite her loss, Tiffany started smoking 3 years later. In this TV commercial from CDC's Tips From Former Smokers campaign, Tiffany says she quit smoking at 34 because she could not bear the thought of missing out on any part of her own daughter's life.
Meet Bill: Smoking and Diabetes
Bill has diabetes and he used to smoke. Cigarette smoking made his diabetes much worse. In this TV spot from CDC's Tips From Former Smokers campaign, Bill explains that he experienced a number of health problems by the age of 40, including kidney failure, blindness in one eye, and a leg amputated due to poor circulation. Bill suggests that smokers make a list of everything they are willing to give up if they continue to smoke.
Web Coach® and Text2Quit® Now Available
Quit Now Indiana offers two new services: Web Coach® and Text2Quit.® These user-friendly features are designed to give you the support needed throughout the quitting process. Web Coach® and Text2Quit® will empower you to take control of you tobacco addiction and successfully quit for life.
Click here to find out more information on these new features and watch the videos belo
Teens Can Now Call the Indiana Tobacco Quitline
The Indiana Tobacco Quitline now serves youth tobacco users. This new evidence-based phone counseling program is for teens, ages 13 to 17, who are ready to quit. Click here for more details.
For more information on youth and tobacco, visit these links.
Quit Like A Pro
Are you thinking about quitting?
Please take time to review this information, it will help the Quit Now Indiana team better serve you and other Hoosiers that smoke.
If you are ready to quit, there is help. Quit Now Indiana is making many resources available to you at no cost—Free! 1-800-Quit-Now is a free service for all Hoosiers over the age of 13. Trained Quit Coaches are waiting to help you successfully quit. Watch the new video and Take the Mystery Out of Calling 1.800.Quit.Now.
Click here for video answers to your quitline questions.
If you are not ready to quit, the EX Plan is a free service that helps smokers prepare to quit before they are actually ready to stop smoking. So you'll be more prepared to quit and stay quit. EX will help you learn how to live your life without cigarettes. Click here for more details.
A Stark Reminder of
How Important it is to Quit
Many people do not realize the cigarettes produced today have been manufactured to deliver nicotine more quickly and efficiently than cigarettes produced many years ago. Today’s tobacco products are engineered for addiction. Click here to read the report from the U.S. Public Health Service.
What Happens When You Stop
When you stop smoking, you will go through nicotine withdrawal. Your healthcare provider can recommend over-the-counter medicine to treat this physical craving. It's important to remember that nicotine craving is a medical problem, and that's why your health care provider needs to be consulted for medication to treat the withdrawal symptoms. While nicotine is addictive, it is the tar, carbon monoxide and the other 7,000 chemicals in cigarettes that actually cause the most damage to your health.
Be aware that you may not quit on the first try. Most smokers need a few practice runs to quit for good. Be patient, but persistent.