Smoking, Suffering And Dying

By Staff Reports

(Victor Valley)– From the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, I’m Ira Dreyfuss with HHS HealthBeat.

Smoking can mean suffering and dying. Dr. Tim McAfee of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention backs it up with numbers – at least 1 in 3 smokers will die as a result. And for every person who dies, 20 more live with a serious smoking-related illness.

Dr. McAfee says the idea behind CDC’s “Tips from Former Smokers’’ campaign is to show the public what doctors see every day:

“The campaign motivates people to quit by having real people tell their stories of how smoking caused them to lose – at a relatively young age – the ability to speak, to breathe normally, or just to live normal lives.”

Learn more at cdc.gov/tips. Or call 1-800-QUIT-NOW to talk with a trained coach on how to make a plan to quit.

HHS HealthBeat is a production of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. I’m Ira Dreyfuss.

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