New Campaign Will Feature Smokers' Personal Stories
Smokers and tobacco users who want to quit will soon find they have a powerful new ally. Fellow smokers!
Schmalfeldt: Smokers and tobacco users who want to quit will soon find they have a powerful new ally. Fellow smokers! The "Quit Now Challenge" is a new initiative, sponsored by the National Cancer Institute and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, featuring the inspirational stories of folks who want to quit smoking. Dr. Glen Morgan is with the Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences' Tobacco Control Research Branch at the NCI. He said that hearing the success stories of others who have faced the same problem will serve as an inspiration for folks who are serious about kicking the habit.
Morgan: I think all of us can get inspired from the stories of other people, that if we find out that somebody else who we can identify with is successful in changing their behavior, that it gives us a sense it might be possible for ourselves to do the same thing. Essentially we learn from others.
Schmalfeldt : If you're between the ages of 18 and 29 and are interested in telling your story, you have until October 27th to call 1-800-QUIT-NOW and explain in your own words why you want to quit smoking or using tobacco. You can also log on to the website 1800quitnow.org for instructions on how to submit video entries. The names of those selected will be announced on February 1, 2007. The "Quit Now Challenge" is part of the "Be A Quitter" campaign, which enhances NCI and CDC's ongoing National Network of Tobacco Cessation Quitlines initiative. From the National Institutes of Health, I'm Bill Schmalfeldt in Bethesda, Maryland.
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Reporter: Bill Schmalfeldt
Sound Bite: Dr. Glen Morgan