<img class="size-medium wp-image-50656 alignright" src="https:\/\/theenterprise.net\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/23\/2021\/03\/no_smoking_1615891454-300x300.png" alt="" width="300" height="300" \/>The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention\u2019s (CDC) <a href="http:\/\/www.cdc.gov\/tips">Tips From Former Smokers\u00ae<\/a>\u00a0(Tips\u00ae)\u00a0campaign is entering its 10th\u00a0year with new ads that encourage people who smoke to quit. The\u00a0Tips\u00a0campaign is the nation\u2019s first federally funded tobacco education campaign and has helped\u00a0<a href="https:\/\/www.cdc.gov\/pcd\/issues\/2020\/20_0052.htm#:~:text=During%202012%E2%80%932018%2C%20the%20Tips,sustained%20quits%20among%20US%20adults.">more than 1 million<\/a>\u00a0U.S. adults quit smoking and inspired millions more to try to quit.\r\n\r\nIn Virginia, 10,300 residents die every year from smoking-related diseases. A\u00a0<a href="https:\/\/www.ajpmonline.org\/article\/S0749-3797(20)30468-2\/fulltext">recent study<\/a>\u00a0showed that from 2012\u20132018, the\u00a0Tips\u00a0campaign helped prevent an estimated 129,000 early deaths and helped save an estimated $7.3 billion in smoking-related healthcare costs. The Virginia Department of Health is committed to helping Virginia understand the reality of smoking-related disease and death\u2014and to prevent these realities from happening to them. This campaign encourages smokers to call 1-800-QUIT-NOW or to visit\u00a0<a href="http:\/\/www.quitnow.net\/virginia">www.quitnow.net\/virginia<\/a>\u00a0for free help quitting.\r\n\r\nThe ads will run March 1 through September 26 on national cable and network television, streaming radio, and online. The latest\u00a0Tips\u00a0ads will continue to share personal stories of people suffering from smoking-related illnesses. In addition, new ads will tell the stories of family members who take care of a loved one suffering from a smoking-related disease. Caring for a loved one with a smoking-related illness can affect the caregivers\u2019 lives in various ways, including their ability to work and maintain physical and mental health.\r\n\r\nEach year when the\u00a0Tips\u00a0campaign is aired, there is an immediate and marked spike in calls to 1-800-QUIT-NOW and visits to the Quit Now Virginia\u00a0<a href="http:\/\/www.quitnow.net\/virginia">website<\/a>.\r\n\r\nIn addition to the harm it causes in peoples\u2019 lives, cigarette smoking also has a significant impact on the U.S. economy. Smoking costs more than $300 billion a year, including nearly $170 billion in direct medical costs and more than $156 billion in lost productivity. The\u00a0Tips\u00a0campaign is also an important counter to the billions of dollars spent on advertising and promoting cigarettes each year.\r\n\r\nCigarette smoking remains the single largest cause of preventable disease and death in the U.S., killing more than 480,000 Americans each year. For every American who dies from a smoking-related disease, about 30 more suffer at least one serious illness from smoking. Nearly 70% of smokers say they want to quit.\r\n\r\nVirginians who would like to quit smoking or using tobacco products are encouraged to call 1-800-QUIT-NOW and visit the Quit Now Virginia\u00a0<a href="http:\/\/www.quitnow.net\/virginia">website<\/a>\u00a0for free assistance and support.