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New details on construction of the new terminal at Southwest Georgia Regional Airport. Construction crews are working on the final touches. Right now, officials are looking at bids for food vendors. TheyMore >>
New details on construction of the new terminal at Southwest Georgia Regional Airport. Construction crews are working on the final touches.More >>
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Supporters of a former Pelham teacher, accused of assaulting his principal, came out Tuesday to support him. They spoke to the Pelham School board saying former Pelham Elementary School teacher BobbyMore >>
Supporters of a former Pelham teacher, accused of assaulting his principal, came out Tuesday to support him.More >>
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Some folks in South Georgia know all too well the destruction a powerful tornado can cause. Back in 2000, a tornado killed 11 people in Camilla. That prompted Mitchell County to become the state's firstMore >>
Some folks in South Georgia know all too well the destruction a powerful tornado can cause. Back in 2000, a tornado killed 11 people in Camilla.More >>
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Some folks in South Georgia frantically tried to get in touch with loved ones who live near the destruction in Oklahoma. Leesburg's Wendy Mathis has a brother who lives in Oklahoma City and works in BethanyMore >>
Some folks in South Georgia frantically tried to get in touch with loved ones who live near the destruction in Oklahoma.More >>
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A concerned citizen is stepping up to help the children who have been devastated by the tornado in Oklahoma. Lee County resident Jyl Goodson says she wants to help bring joy back to the children in Moore,More >>
A concerned citizen is stepping up to help the children who have been devastated by the tornado in Oklahoma.More >>
THOMASVILLE, GA (WALB) - Beginning in September of next year, the FDA will require every pack of cigarettes to have large anti-smoking graphics. These warnings mark the first major change in cigarette warnings in more than 25 years.
These days it's hard to find someone who does not know the dangers of smoking. But because of the addictive nature of the drug, some folks say it is impossible to quit.
To help deter potential new smokers, and maybe some current smokers, the FDA is taking a more radical approach. Adding graphic images on the dangers of smoking to every pack. "To identify the risk associated with cigarette smoking could deter the future generations and the present generation," said RN Teyana Taylor.
I spoke to one smoker of 30 years who said he doesn't think he can ever quit, but hopes these new ads will work for young people. "The best way to stop smoking is to prevent it from starting. I mean it is an addictive drug," said Dr. John Gilbert.
Dr. Gilbert primarily deals with ear, nose, and throat patients and constantly sees the consequences of smoking. He says many people think the worst could never happen to them. "If people knew some of the long term sequellaire or complications of smoking and really what that means in terms of health and the destructive nature it can have to your ears, nose, and throat or your lungs than I hope it would have a detrimental effect."
Marketing Specialists say the labels and packaging on a product can have major influences on consumers. "Companies like Proctor and Gamble and some of those spend millions and millions and millions just researching packaging," said Strategic Decisions President Alvin Whight.
As of now every pack of cigarettes has a one line warning label saying things like smoking is addictive. Starting in September of next year each pack will be required to have an anti-smoking graphic taking up nearly half of the available space.
The smoker I spoke with told me if the new label prevents at least one person from smoking, then it's more than worth it. Every pack of cigarettes comes with a toll free number you can call for help quitting smoking.
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