According tostatistics from the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, the tobacco industry spends about $10.5 billion in the United States for the marketing of their tobacco products - that relates to over $28 million each day.
This national campaign for anti-smoking (called "Tips From Former Smokers') is the first one done across the entire nation. Many of the U.S. states regularly promote the dangers of smoking cigarettes.
Dr. Thomas R. Frieden, the director of the CDC, hopes that the campaign will cause about 50,000 smokers to quit.
The ads began on Monday, March 12, 2012. They appear on the television and in newspapers. The advertisements show former smokers and the devastating consequences of their lifelong smoking habits.
For instance, in one such advertisement, a 51-year-old woman from North Carolina, who is called Terrie, is shown with a hole in her neck and barely no hair on her head. She suffers from neck and head cancer. She tells her audience, 'I want to give you some tips about getting ready in the morning.'
Terrie then proceeds to put in her false teeth, places a blonde wig on her head, and inserts a speaking device into the hole in her neck. She then states, 'And now you're ready for the day.' A person in the background states, 'You can quit. For free help, call 1-800-QUIT-NOW.'
Cigarette smoking kills over 443,000 people in the United States each year. And, over 8 million people have some type of disease that is related to smoking tobacco products.
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