Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Share the Truth About Tobacco


 
 
When ex-smokers have the opportunity to tell their stories about how tobacco use has led to devastating consequences in their lives, it can be a powerful way to impact the lives of others and reach millions of Americans who want to quit smoking. For 3 years, the national Tips From Former Smokers (Tips) campaign has done just that, and it hopes to build on its success in 2016. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is conducting a national search to find people who are willing to participate and share their compelling stories, which in turn will save countless lives that would otherwise be lost due to the number-one preventable cause of death in the United States.
Evidence-based research strongly supports how hard-hitting ads can reduce smoking and save lives. The Tips campaign uses this technique to reach as many smokers as possible with a profound impact. For the 2016 Tips campaign, CDC is looking for stories of current or former smokers who:
  • Have or have had anxiety OR depression (not both) and a serious health condition due to smoking (ages 30–60)
  • Have been diagnosed with COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) due to smoking (ages 40–55)
  • Currently serve or have served in the military and have been diagnosed with a serious health condition due to smoking (i.e., coronary artery disease/heart attack, COPD, peripheral artery disease, cancer, or stroke) (ages 30–60)
  • Have been diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis while smoking (ages 25–60)
  • Have used electronic cigarettes along with tobacco cigarettes instead of quitting because they thought it was better for their health than smoking cigarettes alone and yet they experienced a severe health problem (ages 20–60)
  • Have been diagnosed with a serious health condition caused by smoking and now have a compelling positive story about the benefits experienced since quitting (ages 18–54)
For more information or to participate, visit www.joinCDCtips.com or contact Mimi Webb Miller Casting by e-mail (contact@joinCDCtips.com) or by phone (toll free) (844) 274-9816. Travel expenses and a stipend will be provided.

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