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Smoking Cessation

If you're ready to quit, you can get free help by calling 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669) or, for assistance in Spanish, call 1-855-DÉJELO-YA (1-855-335-3569).*

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Tips to Quit from Former Smokers

Tips From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) "Former Smokers Campaign"

All of these individuals have been affected by cigarette smoke. Some are former smokers and some have never smoked. Almost all of them are living with smoking-related diseases and disabilities. These diseases and disabilities changed the quality of their lives – some dramatically – including how they eat, dress and do daily tasks. Some had to give up activities they once loved to do. They speak from experience and agreed to share their stories to send a single, powerful message: Quit smoking now. Or better yet – don't ever start.

Michael: "My body screamed for air!"

Michael wishes he never started smoking. He suffers from COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), which makes it harder for him to breathe. In this video from CDC's Tips From Former Smokers campaign, Michael talks about the damage smoking caused to his lungs. One morning he woke up unable to breathe and had to go to the hospital. View video

Ellie: "It was terrifying to get an asthma attack"

After years of working as a bartender, Ellie's exposure to secondhand smoke triggered her first asthma attack when she was in her mid-30's. She began to dread going to work. In this video from CDC's Tips From Former Smokers campaign she says, "I could feel my lungs getting tighter. I knew I couldn't be around the smoke or I was going to die, or something bad was going to happen to me." View video

Bill: Smoking and Diabetes Don't Mix

Even though Bill started smoking when he was 15 years old, he had no idea the problems it would cause him and his family. He is a diabetic who didn't stop smoking until he was almost 40 – after having a leg amputated. This video from CDC's Tips From Former Smokers campaign, shows Bills emotional story as he encourages others to quit. View video

Roosevelt's Story

By age 45, Roosevelt had six artery bypasses as a result of smoking. In this video from the CDC's Tips From Former Smokers campaign, he shares how his health problems prevent him from being active with his children. View video

Cessation Tips Ad

Three inspiring people, Beatrice, James, and Wilma, were able to successfully quit smoking. Learn their realistic tips on how to quit for good in this ad brought to you from the CDC's Tips From Former Smokers campaign. View video

The videos and content on this page is from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)'s Tips From Former Smokers campaign.