The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Office on Smoking and Health is recruiting additional candidates to be considered for an upcoming national education campaign, Tips From Former Smokers (Tips). Similar to previous campaigns seen here, real people who have had life-changing, smoking-related health problems will be featured. We are conducting a national search to find people with compelling stories who are willing to participate in our campaign.
I am writing to ask for your assistance to help identify individuals who fit our recruitment criteria (listed below) and who may be interested in participating in the Tips campaign. A representative from Mimi Webb Miller Casting will be contacting you soon on behalf of CDC. We hope you will be willing to share any referrals you might have. You can be assured that we will treat all applicants with dignity, respect, and sensitivity.
We are seeking people from all backgrounds, and are particularly looking for candidates who are of Asian descent. All applicants must be tobacco-free for at least 6 months.
We are looking for ex-smokers who:
- Have or have had colorectal cancer that was linked to cigarette smoking (ages 30–65).
- Have or have had macular degeneration that was linked to cigarette smoking (ages 40–65).
- Used cigars with cigarettes orused cigarillos or little cigars with or without cigarettes, thinking cigars, cigarillos and little cigars were healthier than cigarettes and developed a serious health condition while smoking (ages 20-60).
- Used e-cigarettes or smokeless tobacco for at least a year while continuing to smoke some cigarettes; and
- Thought using e-cigarettes or smokeless tobacco to cut back on some cigarettes would be good for your health; and
- Despite cutting back, you were later diagnosed with a serious health condition.
All individuals should be comfortable sharing their story publicly and be able to articulate how their smoking-related condition has changed their life. The association between smoking and their condition must be clear, and candidates’ physicians will be contacted to verify that smoking contributed to the condition.
We are asking you to help distribute this flyer. Please feel free to email it to anyone who might be willing to help CDC recruit for this campaign. The flyer can be posted in public areas or shared with anyone who may know people who fit the criteria above.
If you have questions, please send them to our CDC representative, Crystal Bruce, firstname.lastname@example.org. Please put “Recruitment Question” in the subject line.
Timothy McAfee, MD, MPH
Director, Office on Smoking and Health
National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion