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HHS HealthBeat (April 10, 2013)

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From the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, I’m Ira Dreyfuss with HHS HealthBeat.

Smoking kills, and many of us realize that. We might not realize that smoking also maims and disfigures. And it can do all that even to people who don’t smoke but who inhale secondhand smoke from people who do.

New video and print ads from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in the "Tips from Former Smokers" campaign, drive that point home. Some are pretty graphic. They show scars as long as a person’s chest, legs after amputations.  They show nonsmokers who suffer, such as children with asthma. And as CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden points out, these are not actors. They’re ordinary people, showing what happened to them:

"The Tips campaign pulls back the curtain, and shows people the tragedies that health professionals see every day."

Learn more at smokefree.gov.

HHS HealthBeat is a production of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. I’m Ira Dreyfuss.

Last revised: April 10, 2013