(ATLANTA) -- Graphic anti-smoking ads may be tough to stomach but that's the point.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the public service announcements are having the desired effect by getting people to stop smoking or at least consider quitting their cigarette habit.
CDC statistician Linda Andes explained, "We found that in fourteen of the seventeen countries we surveyed who saw anti-smoking information in one or more of four different media channels were attached significantly higher odds of intending to quit."
The various ads that often show the ravages of cigarette smoking are featured on television, radio, billboards, newspapers and magazines.
The CDC report was released in conjunction with Friday's World No Tobacco Day, sponsored by the World Health Organization to draw attention to the tobacco epidemic and the preventable deaths and diseases it causes.
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