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'Smokeout' rolls around again

By Jay Polk - bio | email

November 20, 2008

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - If you've noticed fewer people lighting up, it may be because Thursday is the Great American Smokeout.

This is the 32nd year for the smokeout, and the goal is to get people to become aware of what smoking and other types of tobacco does to their bodies, and to set a date where they can quit.

Reaching young people with the no tobacco message is important and the society is using the Internet to get its message out.

"We have the American Cancer Society MySpace.com. They can go there to get information on tobacco use, prevention. We're also on Facebook.com. So we're going where the young folk are," says Cecillia Morris of the American Cancer Society.

Tobacco use in Georgia declined from 31% to 24% between 1984 and 1993, but has remained steady since then. In 2001, 18% of all deaths in Georgia were caused by people who used tobacco.

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