The Centers for Disease Control has produced a series of videos featuring former smokers reviewing their physical maladies from years of smoking cigarettes. Monday, the CDC reports that after viewing their ads, over 200,000 quit smoking - for at least three months.
One of the videos -- produced in 2012 and paid for by Affordable Care Act funds -- features Sharon from Illinois. During her surgery, Sharon’s voice box was removed (called a laryngectomy). A hole (also called a stoma) was placed in her neck to let her breathe because her trachea (breathing tube) is no longer connected to her mouth and throat. Sharon uses an electronic voice box (electrolarynx) to speak. The electrolarynx is held against the neck and makes vibrations, which allows her to speak.