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After 28 years of cigarette smoking, in 2007 Emalee Gielen quit for good.
"I knew I had to quit," said Gielen, of Geneseo. "I didn't want to leave my husband and daughter behind."
It was a graphic image of a dying man she found in an online search that gave her daily motivation.
"The image was burned into my head," said Gielen.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced plans to roll out more graphic anti-smoking ads again this year in an effort to combat smoking across the nation.
"Whenever they air there's a measurable increase in calls to the state quit lines," said Scott McIntosh, PhD an Associate Professor at the University of Rochester Medical Center.
But there are those who see no need to continue showing the advertisements.
"It's almost like, 'look what you are doing'," said David Tenenbaum, a local college student.
Tenenbaum considers himself an occasional smoker; one staunchly against the graphic commercials.
"I just think smokers get a bad rap, especially since cigarettes are legal," said Tenenbaum.
"It is what it is," said Gielen. "If people are insulted by it, maybe they are afraid of it."
While less popular than it was in decades past, cigarette smoking remains the leading cause of preventable death in the United States, according to the CDC.