100,000 People in the USA Quit Smoking Due to Anti-Tobacco Campaign


A study released by the CDC found that Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s campaign “Tips From Former Smokers” made almost 1.6 million smokers try to quit smoking. The results of the study were published in the medical journal, The Lancet.

During the three-month anti-tobacco campaign of 2012, more than 200,000 smokers in the USA had quit cigarettes, among which there was estimated that more than 100,000 will likely quit smoking permanently. The original goal of the campaign was 500,000 quit attempts and 50,000 successful quits.

Thousands of adult smokers and non-smokers participated in a survey before and after the campaign. The results of the survey showed that people who quitted smoking added more than a third of a million years of life to the American. population.  The anti-tobacco campaign began on March, 2012, and ended on June 10, 2012.

Federal agency for the first time had created and placed paid ads for a national tobacco education campaign. In the ads participated former smokers who told stories about their life with smoking-related diseases. There was provided a telephone number 1-800-QUIT-NOW for smokers to call for free support and website to access for more information.

CDC Director Tom Frieden said that the results of the study are great. Quitting smoking can be quite difficult and this is the most important step you can take to a healthier living. It may take several attempts to succeed but the result id worth trying.

Theere was found that millions of non-smokers told to their friends and family about risks of smoking. 80% of smokers and 75% of non-smokers said thay saw at least one of advertisements during the three-month campaign.  The number of calls to quitline more than doubled during the campaign and visits to the website were 5 times higher than for the same 12-week period in 2011.

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