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Fewer Georgians light up

March 16, 2006

Albany -- The best way to fight lung cancer is not to smoke. That's a message more Georgians are getting.

New numbers show Georgia's smoking rate dropped below the national rate for the first time ever. But the number of cancer deaths isn't declining.

Smoking leads to nearly a third of all cancer deaths in the state.

The American Cancer Society says a higher tax on tobacco products, strict enforcement of age restrictions on tobacco sales, and more smoking cessation classes are working.

"When we lobby our legislators, this is what we said. If we put these programs into place, then we'll see a reduction and a decline," said Cecillia Morris of the American Cancer Society.

The latest numbers show 20-percent of Georgians smoke.

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