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CDC releases graphic anti-smoking ads

18 percent of Americans admit to smoking

DETROIT – The Center for Disease Control and Prevention has released a series of new ads targeting smokers.

The series is called "Tips From Former Smokers," and features four stories from former smokers, some showing graphic situations. The CDC says the campaign in 2012 encouraged 100,000 people to stop smoking. This year's Centers for Disease Control and Prevention campaign looks at two conditions newly linked to smoking: the blinding eye disease called macular degeneration, and colon cancer.

Smoking is at its lowest point yet, with just under 18 percent of Americans admitting to being smokers.

The CDC wants to drive that down even more and says it has shown that sustained campaigns featuring regretful smokers can help. "Over a million and a half smokers made a quit attempt because of our 12 week campaign — just a 12-week campaign created this effect," Dr. Tim McAfee, director of CDC's Office on Smoking and Health, told NBC News. "Over a hundred thousand people quit successfully and permanently because of the campaign."

Watch the video and below and let us know what you think on our Local 4 Facebook page. Is the ad too graphic, or do you think it is an effective strategy?

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