May 29, 2013
Concord, NH – The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Public Health Services (DPHS), in collaboration with the NH Comprehensive Cancer Control Program, the NH Comprehensive Cancer Collaboration, the City of Nashua Division of Public Health and Community Services and the City of Manchester Health Department will be enhancing the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Education Campaign Tips From Former Smokers, focusing on the cities of Manchester and Nashua.
The Tips ads feature real people suffering as a result of smoking and exposure to secondhand smoke. Their compelling stories send a powerful message: Quit smoking now. Or better yet—don’t start. Some of the ad participants have survived such conditions as cancer, heart attack, asthma attack, diabetes, disfigurement, and loss of limb. Despite their health set-backs, the ad participants are committed to making their voices heard to warn other people about the harm of tobacco use.
In 2012, Tips From Former Smokers ran on National and local television, radio, web, out-of-home and print media outlets in New Hampshire. April 1, 2013 the Tips campaign began running again with new stories. The real people in the ads share their personal stories of suffering, loss, and success in order to spread the message that tobacco use does not just kill the user but can result in a loss of limb, impacts quality of life, and affects not just the user but the people around them who they care about.
“To help extend the impact of the CDC’s initiative, we are encouraging people to talk with their doctors about tobacco use,” said DPHS Public Health Director Dr. José Montero. “We know that tobacco use remains a major public health problem in New Hampshire. Physicians can play a key role in helping patients quit. The best thing you can do for your health is to quit tobacco for good.”
Tobacco’s toll cuts across many common chronic diseases. Tobacco use can cause lung and oral cancer and has been associated with breast, cervical, and other cancers. Tobacco use is also a risk factor for heart disease, asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and stroke, and affects the management of these diseases as well as other chronic diseases such as diabetes.
The return on investment (ROI) for quitting tobacco and for supporting policy, systems, and environmental change approaches that promote public health by increasing quit attempts, decreasing youth initiation, and reducing exposure to second- and third-hand smoke, is high. Quitting in New Hampshire saves $5.60 per day (based on average cigarette price), $39.20 a week, and $2,038.40 a year for a pack-a-day smoker. A tin of chew at $4.60 per day equals $32.20 per week. That’s $1,674.40 saved in a year, not to mention health care costs that can be saved when someone quits.
What can you do? Quit now—it is never too late to quit tobacco. Free help is available by calling 1-800-QUIT-NOW and visiting www.TryToStopNH.org or by talking with your doctor. For inspiration, listen to the Tips From Former Smokers stories at www.cdc.gov/tips.
Both the City of Nashua Division of Public Health and Community Services and the City of Manchester Health Department have received grants from DPHS to establish the Tobacco Prevention and Control Program in their respective cities and have worked with the State to fund and implement the Tips campaign. The NH Comprehensive Cancer Collaboration (NH CCC) is dedicated to reducing the burden of cancer in New Hampshire. For more information about the New Hampshire Tobacco Prevention and Cancer Control Programs, NH CCC, or Manchester or Nashua Public Health Departments visit www.dhhs.nh.gov, www.nhcancerplan.org, www.manchesternh.gov, or www.NashuaNH.Gov.