Most Recent Stop-Smoking Ad Campaign boosts the number of Quitters
(Best Syndication News) - The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported a dramatic increase in people calling the quit helplines and visiting a federal government website to help them stop smoking. The CDC attributes the increase to the recent public service announcements featuring people with serious health conditions caused by smoking.
There were almost 200,000 more phone calls made to 1-800-QUIT-NOW, which helps connect people to state quitlines. There were also over 400,000 more unique visitors to www.smokefree.gov, which is a federal website that offers a step-by-step guide on how to quit smoking.
The 12-week ad campaign ran between March 19 and June 10. The goal was to get a minimum of 500,000 people to attempt to quit smoking and have 50,000 quit for the long-term. The CDC said that they would announce how many people tried to quit smoking from this ad campaign later on this year.
"These initial results suggest that the campaign will help even more people quit than we had hoped, exceeding our already high expectations," said CDC Director Thomas R. Frieden, M.D., M.P.H. "More than two thirds of all smokers want to quit. People who smoke die sooner and live sicker. This campaign is saving lives and saving money."
The CDC said that around 1,200 Americans die from smoking related diseases every day. By not smoking, a person can prevent death and disease. They estimate that around 8.6 million Americans have diseases caused from smoking. Americans spend around $96 billion each year for health care expenses related to diseases caused from smoking; much of it is funded from taxpayer money.
By: Marsha Quinn
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