New anti-smoking ad released

April 16, 2008 2:03:24 PM PDT
A former smoker who has parts of her fingers, a leg and part of a foot amputated because of her cigarette habit is the star of a new anti-smoking campaign being launched by the New York City Health Department. The ad begins Wednesday featuring Marie, a former smoker from the Bronx, who quit, but says "the damage is done." She says Buerger's disease, which narrows the arteries and reduces blood flow to her limbs, was caused by smoking.

The health department also is handing out nicotine patches and gum to anyone who calls 311 by May 1.

The health department says the nicotine replacement helped Marie kick the habit in 2006, preventing further damage to her health.

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