Commend Campaign Against Big Tobacco


Target: Dr. Thomas Friedman, Head of the Center For Disease Control

Goal: Commend federally funded anti-smoking campaign.

Recently, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a series of commercials intended to persuade viewers into giving up their cigarette habits. The campaign, entitled “Tips From Former Smokers”, featured graphic discussions and images from individuals suffering from smoking related illnesses such as throat cancer and emphysema. The campaign cost over fifty million federal dollars and reportedly helped one hundred thousand Americans make the decision to finally quit smoking. This use of taxpayer dollars, will, in the long run, drastically reduce healthcare costs in the United States.

For years, the federal government, including the CDC, has shied away from overtly funding or promoting smoking cessation campaigns, fearing lawsuits and claims of censorship from Big Tobacco. Now, however, our government has finally taken a stand. The CDC’s recent anti-smoking campaign is a huge step towards taking control back from large corporations and putting it back in democratic hands. Big Tobacco’s products and propaganda are harmful to both Americans and to the American healthcare system. Commend the CDC for pushing back and for standing for the health of American citizens instead of ensuring the wealth of Big Tobacco.


Dear Dr. Thomas Friedman,

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s recent “Tips From Former Smokers” campaign has been a verifiable success. The campaign has influenced over a hundred thousand American to quit smoking cigarettes. This staggeringly large number highlights the importance and utility of media based, federally-funded smoking cessation campaigns. In an era where American federal laws grant corporations the same rights as people, it is refreshing to see a government program such as the CDC stand with people over corporations.

As you are doubtlessly aware, cigarettes smoking is one of the largest preventable causes of disability and death in the United States. By using federal dollars to send an anti-smoking message to the American people, you are also sending a message to Big Tobacco. The CDC, for the first time is publicly and federally recognizing the disease-reducing qualities of smoking-cessation. Your campaign has highlighted the human costs of smoking by putting a human face on the sufferers of smoking related disabilities, disfigurements, and diseases. Please continue to release campaigns such as these countering the harmful and costly propaganda issued by the Big Tobacco companies. It is refreshing to see American federal tax dollars working toward the promotion of citizen health rather than toward the lining of corporate pockets.


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