Quit smoking shock ads having effect on Southern Tier smokers

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Tuesday, September 21, 2010 | Vince Slomsky | Categories:
According to the American Heart Association, around 45 million people smoke cigarettes in the United States. And one of the hardest things for those people to do is to break the habit. Our Vince Slomsky tells us about a couple of shock ads that have hit the airwaves and the impact they are having locally. CORNING, N.Y. -- It's a New Year's resolution for thousands across the country every year. Stop smoking. For many, it doesn't work. But the next time you turn on the TV, you may have a reason to quit after seeing some graphic shock ads. "The message is very strong and it's very graphic and it's made that way in order to get the smoker's attention," said Cassie Coombs. Cassie Coombs is the program coordinator for the Southern Tier Tobacco Awareness Community Partnership. She says the ads are definitely doing their job. "We are able to get data from the quit line for specifically our counties and from that data it has shown an increase to calls from the quit line from last year," she said. And beyond the ads, she says more people are calling in for help to stop smoking because of the increased cigarette taxes that went into effect in July. And those taxes are deterring youth from ever taking that first drag. "It's a proven way to reduce youth smoking because they usually have less funding and by making, increasing the price it can prevent them from ever starting," said Coombs. Some advice she would give to the smokers out there: Think about more than just your health. "You know it's not only about the person using the tobacco products but it's the people around you as well. So it affects you and your children and the people you care about as well," she said. She encourages anyone to call or stop in to the office to get some free help to quit. To visit the website for the Southern Tier Tobacco Awareness Community Partnership head to www.sttac.org.
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