MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - A new campaign to encourage smokers to quit is getting personal. The Alabama Department of Public Health is partnering with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's tobacco education campaign called "Tips from Former Smokers".
The campaign profiles real people, not actors, who are living with serious long-term health effect caused by smoking and secondhand smoke exposure, and the benefits they've experienced since quitting.
"Enjoying food again, for the food, not the cigarette after," explained Tiffany. "Another good thing about not smoking is being confident that I smell fresh and nobody's walking by me saying 'ew she smells like cigarette smoke', they're saying 'ooh she smells good'. Another good thing is just feeling more energized and being able to get out and walk and not feel so out of breath. My breath is fresh, I enjoy kissing a lot more,"
Since the 1960s, the United States as a whole has seen a reduction in the prevalence of smoking, but Alabama's decline has been much slower than other states. Tthe smoking rate in Alabama right now sits at 21.5 percent, compared to 15.5 percent nationally.