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Study: Thousands Of Arkansans Attempted To Quit Smoking In 2012

An estimated 1.6 million smokers in the U.S. attempted to quit smoking because of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) "Tips From Former Smokers" national 2012 ad campaign, according to a study released by the CDC.
LITTLE ROCK, AR- An estimated 1.6 million smokers in the U.S. attempted to quit smoking because of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) "Tips From Former Smokers" national 2012 ad campaign, according to a study released by the CDC.

The number includes thousands of Arkansans.

The Arkansas Department of Health recorded 3,908 calls to the Arkansas Tobacco Quitline following the national "Tips" campaign.

25 percent of adults in Arkansas smoke.

More than 4,900 Arkansans lose their lives each year to smoking-related diseases

Nationally, more than 100,000 Americans quit smoking permanently due to the ads. These results exceeded the campaign's original goals of 500,000 quit attempts and 50,000 successful quits.

The CDC study estimates that the sustained attempts to quit as a result of "Tips" added more than a third of a million years of life to the U.S. population.

The Tips campaign, which aired from March 19, 2012 to June 10, 2012 in Arkansas, was the first time a federal agency had developed and placed paid advertisement for a national tobacco education campaign. Ads featured emotionally powerful stories of former smokers living with smoking-related diseases and disabilities.

The campaign encouraged people to call 1-800-QUIT-NOW to access free quit support.

Tobacco users who want to quit are encouraged to call the Arkansas Tobacco Quitline at 1-800-QUIT-NOW for free, confidential, 24-hour support and resources.
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