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.
Parents in Valdosta react to hearing of a possible school bus driver strike that could take place in days to come, for several reasons.
A man accused of making threats of violence against law enforcement and the general public has turned himself in to authorities.
This Friday, loved ones and coworkers will gather to remember a deputy who died in a crash while responding to a call.
The Department of Community Health has filed a motion to dismiss appeals against the Certificate of Need for the proposed Lee County hospital.
A man says he got hit by a car in a restaurant parking lot in Thomas County, according to police.