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CDC Launching Graphic Anti-Smoking Ad Campaign

The federal government’s new anti-smoking campaign is hoping real-life anecdotes of smokers now suffering grave consequences from their addiction will help convince smokers to snuff their cigarettes once and for all.

The campaign, the brainchild of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, will show graphic images of people whose smoking resulted in heart surgery, a tracheotomy, lost limbs, or paralysis. Tobacco taxes and smoking bans have done little to dissuade smokers; the CDC hopes an aggressive, ugly campaign can do what those obstacles to smoking have not.

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