Their Stories Saved Lives. So Can Yours.

Content From: HIV.govPublished: March 30, 20212 min read


Tips from former smokers. Inspiring others to quit smoking.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is recruiting participants to be featured in future Tips from Former Smokers® (Tips®) campaigns. For 10 years, the Tips® campaign has featured real stories of people negatively impacted by smoking or secondhand smoke exposure. Their stories have inspired more than 1 million people to successfully quit smoking.

CDC is seeking the stories of:

  • Individuals who used to smoke cigarettes and are living with a disease such as cancer, COPD or another lung disease, heart disease, and/or stroke.
  • People who used to smoke who have a mental health condition, such as depression or anxiety that might have improved due, in part, to quitting smoking.
  • Family members or loved ones who regularly care for a person who used to smoke cigarettes and who is living with a disease, such as cancer, COPD or another lung disease, heart disease, and/or stroke.

All applicants must have been tobacco-free for at least 6 months.

If you’d like to share the story of how your life has changed because of a smoking-related disease, visit joinCDCtips.orgExit Disclaimer or email You can also call 1 (884) 4-TIPS-NOW. Applicants must respond by May 14th, 2021.

Note: Quitting smoking may be one of the most important steps toward better health that a person with HIV can take. Learn about the impact of smoking on people with HIV and find resources to help quit.

View CDC’s profile of Brian I., a former Tips® participant with HIV.