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HHS HealthBeat (April 23, 2013)

A tip to quit

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

Bill used to smoke. He’s had diabetes since he was a kid. At 37, smoking cigarettes caught up with him. His kidneys began to fail, and he began to have trouble breathing. By 40, Bill’s life had changed forever.

“I’ve had open-heart surgery. I’ve lost my left leg. I’m blind in my right eye. I mean, I am the reason people shouldn’t smoke.”

The Tips from Former Smokers campaign features real people like Bill who are suffering as a result of smoking or secondhand smoke.

“I’ve got a tip for you. If I had known I was going to have as many problems as I had from the smoking, I never would’ve started ever.”

Don’t smoke. It causes disease of the heart and lung, as well as various forms of cancer. If you do smoke, call 1-800-QUIT-NOW for free help.

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

Last revised: May 2, 2013