CDC: Tips From Former Smokers -- Shawn's Struggle to Quit Smoking

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"In this video, Shawn talks about his addiction to cigarettes and his struggle to quit smoking, even after throat cancer. It wasn't until his voice box was removed that he quit. He finally realized ""You either quit smoking or you're going to die."" This video is part of CDC's ""Tips From Former Smokers"" campaign.

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"Find the thing that makes you want to live longer and use that as a motivation to quit smoking."


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