The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is airing a second series of ads featuring real people living with the effects of smoking-related diseases. One of the ads will feature a Michigan resident named Bill who started smoking at the age of 15. Bill also has diabetes and has discovered that smoking makes his diabetes harder to control. At 37 he went blind in his left eye, has also had kidney failure and had to have a leg amputated. This father of four wishes he had never started smoking. "Smoking is a nasty addiction. It's not cool, and it doesn't do anybody any good. Don't ever start smoking," he said.
The ads feature other smoking-related health conditions-including chronic obstructive pulponary disease, severe adult asthma and heart disease. The good news is that it appears Michiganders are taking note of these warnings. "We've steadily watched our smoking rate decline in our state. That said, roughly 23% of Michigan residents still smoke, and that's just too many," said James K. Haveman, Director of the Michigan Department of Community Health. More than 440,000 Americans each year lose their lives to smoking-related disease. These new ads are continuing on the success of last-year's original campaign. They started airing April 1 and will run through June 23.
Michigan residents are encouraged to call 1-800-QUIT-NOW for free support to help with quitting.