Tobacco education campaign returns with powerful stories to help Montana residents quit tobacco use

Thursday, May 24, 2018

 Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS) officials are drawing attention to a nationwide media campaign featuring real stories of people living with the effects of smokingrelated diseases and secondhand smoke exposure.  

The ads will also air in Montana.

The campaign is part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Tips From Former Smokers® campaign.  

 The newest ads tell the story of how real people’s lives were changed forever due to their smoking.

“These personal stories are designed to inspire people to make the life-saving decision to quit smoking,” said DPHHS Director Sheila Hogan. “For those who want to quit using tobacco products, the Montana Tobacco Quit Line is there to help. This tobacco cessation program is readily available for those who want and need these resources.”

More than 30 people have lent their voice and story to the Tips® campaign since 2012. Each real story represents thousands and thousands of Americans suffering from similar illnesses caused by smoking.

 “These ads are effective in bringing to life the devastating effects of smoking, helping people quit and encouraging those who aren’t smoking never to start,” says DPHHS State Medical Officer Dr. Greg Holzman.  “As a physician, I know all too well the terrible toll of smoking. DPHHS is committed to helping Montana residents know the reality of smoking-related disease and death – and to prevent these realities from happening to them.”

 Smoking is the leading cause of preventable death and disease in Montana. Around 1,600 Montana residents die every year from smoking-related diseases, and for every person who dies from a smoking-related disease, at least 30 more people suffer at least one serious illness caused by smoking.

 Dr. Holzman added that cigarette smoking is not the only form of tobacco use negatively effecting Montanans. Smokeless tobacco use among Montana males is twice as high as the national prevalence (14% versus 7% respectively). Smokeless tobacco can lead to many forms of cancer including cancer of the mouth, esophagus, and pancreas, and may increase risk of death from heart disease and stroke.

 Almost a quarter of Montana high school students report current e-cigarette use. Most e-cigarettes contain nicotine, a highly addictive drug that is toxic to developing fetuses and harmful to adolescent brain development. According to the U.S. Surgeon General, e-cigarette aerosol has been found to contain harmful and potentially harmful ingredients, including ultrafine particles, heavy metals and chemicals that have been linked to respiratory disease.

The Tips® ads encourage smokers to call 1-800-QUIT NOW, a toll-free number that links callers with a Montana area code to the Montana Tobacco Quit Line. The Quit Line offers free help quitting all commercial tobacco products, including cigarettes, little cigars, smokeless tobacco and e-cigarettes. Callers who enroll in coaching have access to free nicotine replacement therapy, like gum, patches and lozenges, and reduced-cost quit medications.

 There have been over 95,000 callers to the Quit Line since its launch in 2004. Tobacco users who call the Quit Line are 7-10 times more likely to succeed in quitting than those who try without support.

 To enroll now, call 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669) or visit


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