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Since 2012, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released an annual Tips campaign featuring compelling stories of former smokers living with serious long-term health effects caused by smoking and second hand smoke.

The 2014 campaign profiles Amanda. Addicted to cigarettes since age 13, Amanda was unable to quit even when she found out she was pregnant. Her daughter was born two months early and spent weeks in a hospital incubator. Watch Amanda’s emotional video.

View the entire collection of Tips stories by visiting the CDC’s website.

Resources for Quitting

All of the following smoking cessation resources are free.

Mom's Quit Connection (MQC) offers personalized cessation assistance for pregnant and parenting women. For enrollment questions or more information, call 856-665-6000 or email is a comprehensive one-stop information hub for smokers who want to quit, for health care providers who want to help patients quit and for communities who want to establish smoke-free zones.

The New Jersey Quitline is a smoking cessation telephone counseling service. Multilingual services are available. Call them at 1-800- NJ STOPS (657-8677).

Surgeon General’s Report

The history of smoking prevention efforts in the United States makes for interesting reading. In January 2014, the federal government released the 50th anniversary Surgeon General’s Report (SGR) on smoking and health. The report highlights the great strides that have been made in tobacco control and prevention over the last 50 years as well as providing new data on the dangers of tobacco use and promising initiatives that could help end the tobacco use epidemic in the United States. 

For more information and to read the full report, visit the Surgeon General’s Tobacco Initiatives