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Cancer Coalition working to warn young people about smoking

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ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

A new report released by the surgeon general says one in 13 of today's young people will die prematurely from smoking related diseases.

The Cancer Coalition of Southwest Georgia is working to bring smoking rates down... especially among young people.

They're encouraging schools to have smoke-free campuses.

Coalition leaders say kids often learn the smoking habit from older role models.

"Often times it's a general thing and my message to teens would be that you can stop this cycle of tobacco use. Tobacco use is harmful and it causes many cancers and other types of diseases and you have your future ahead of you so its really important that you focus on school and aim for those goals in the future," says Health Education Coordinator Kimverly Scott.

Georgia's free Tobacco quit line is 1-877-270-STOP.

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