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 RI 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. 

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.

 “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.

phyllis December 29, 2012 at 12:27 PM
I no longer live in Woonsocket, but it is always in my heart.. I started smoking as a teenager back in the early 60's when we had no idea how it would affect us.. If I could get one person to quit I would be so happy. I was up to 3 1/2 packs a day and my coughing and hacking were terrible. I quit for my beautiful grandchild who was 3 at the time. Ironically she now smokes. I haven't smoked for 23 years, but I quit too late. 4 years ago, I was diagnosed with COPD caused by Emphysema. 3 years ago, I collapsed and it was caused by low blood oxygen. I had to go on oxygen 24/7. I had a great job, but had to retire years before I had planned to. Most of my disability check goes to medications and doctors. I am now on 13 meds a day. I have trouble getting around. I was very active prior to this disease. Now there are days I have trouble just getting out of bed. I cannot climb any stairs at all. I no longer can pick up my grandchildren, I cannot do most activities with them either. At the young age I was when I started smoking, I would not have believed this would happen. I am only 62 and for the most part, I am confined to a very sedentary life. These should be my golden years and I should be able to travel and enjoy my life. Now I just pray for one more day of breathing.. Please do not even pick up that first cigarette.. Phyllis Nadeau Lemoine
Uncle Ben December 30, 2012 at 05:49 PM
Smoking has not only impact myself but many others on fixed incomes including the government and states taxing cigarettes, no matter how much they raise them people are still going to buy them, including myself. I think this it's the wrong message too get people to quit. There are people out there using welfare EBT cards they sell them for half there value just to either buy drugs or cigarettes. I don't get an EBT card but still smoke. It impacts the government because they are paying whatever taxes they raise them to. When are they ever going to figure this out ?


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