CDC Says Cigarette Ads Are Working

March 29, 2013 Updated Mar 29, 2013 at 7:36 AM EDT

By WKBW News

March 29, 2013 Updated Mar 29, 2013 at 7:36 AM EDT

Buffalo, N.Y. (WKBW) - The Center for Disease Control said graphic TV ads are working and viewers will see more of them. While many people are turning their heads when the commercials air, others are calling in to get help kicking the habit.

Officials said every time they air the graphic images, calls are increasing to the state tip line to help people stop smoking. The CDC said because of that, they plan to roll out another round of ads next year.

This aggressive and expensive campaign was launched last year. Since then, it has caused quite a bit of conversation. Many smokers and non-smokers alike have complained about the ads, saying that they are just too graphic.

The CDC said the ad triggered an increase of 200,000 calls to quit smoking lines. They think it prompted tens of thousands of people to stop smoking. While it's less popular than in the past decade, smoking is still the number one cause of preventable deaths in the United States.