Anti-Smoking Campaign Uses Local Stories; How Has Smoking Impacted You?

How has smoking impacted your life? Are you trying to quit? Does someone you care about smoke?

In honor of the New Year, the Rhode Island Department of Health is encouraging smokers to quit in 2013 with the launch of its new smoking cessation campaign, “Tobacco Made Me.”

The new campaign, which showcases personal stories from Rhode Islanders whose lives have been negatively impacted by smoking and tobacco use, is designed to motivate current smokers to call the state’s quit line at 1-800-QUIT-NOW. 

“Quitting smoking is tough, but the more times that a smoker tries to quit, the more likely he or she is to ultimately be successful,” said  Dr. Michael Fine, director of the health department. “Smokers should know that services to help them quit are available and that HEALTH supports them in making a commitment to kick the habit. We are up against $10 billion of tobacco marketing money, but working together, we can help Rhode Island’s remaining smokers to quit.”
The new campaign is modeled after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) national “Tips from Former Smokers Campaign,” which used ex-smokers’ personal stories to increase quitline calls in other states by up to four times the normal volume. 
The health department has launched a new Facebook page at www.facebook.com/TobaccoMadeMe that includes video interviews with Rhode Islanders sharing their personal stories of overcoming nicotine addiction. The page will also be a community space where all Rhode Islanders can share their stories and support each other in their efforts to quit smoking. The videos have also been added to www.Quitnowri.com.
A series of bus, radio, and print advertisements featuring quotes from each personal story will assist in raising campaign awareness. “Tobacco Made Me” will run through February, 2013.

How has smoking impacted your own life? Are you a previous smoker and quit? How did you do it?  Tell us your story in the comments section.

Suzanne Cozzi December 30, 2012 at 02:30 PM
My father was a 50 yr long smoker. He started in his teens when it was "cool" to smoke in the 40's and 50's. He was a WWII veteran who joined immediately after Pearl Harbor was bombed. After 50 yrs he had to quit because his Parkinsons got so bad he could no longer hold a cigarette. Two years later he was diagnosed with full blown lung cancer and died shortly thereafter. My Aunt died the same way as did my father in law. My husband smoked as a teenager but when he visited someone in the hospital and saw the man in the next bed who had throat cancer smoke through a tube the doctor put in his throat, my husband quit immediately and has never smoked since. Our 30 yr marriage would not have been the same had he continued.


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