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War on smoking reaches 50-year mark

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HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -

America's war on smoking turns 50-years-old this January.

A lot has changed since the landmark 1964 Surgeon General's report on Smoking and Health. Back then, four in ten adults were lighting up.

Highlighting the negative impact on people's health has brought that number down over the years.

According to the Alabama Department of Public Health, tobacco kills more people than alcohol, AIDS, car crashes, illegal drugs, murders, and suicides combined.

About 7,400 adults in Alabama die each year from their own smoking. Despite the grim statistics, Alabama still has one of the highest rates of smokers in the country.

Statistics by the Centers for Disease Control show nearly 24 percent of Alabamians smoked tobacco in 2012.

Help is available for people who want to kick the habit. The Alabama Tobacco Quitline is now offering online counseling services at AlabamaQuitNow.com.

Over the last nine years, thousands have called to learn how to be tobacco free.

Call 1-800-Quit-Now (784-8669) or visit AlabamaQuitNow.com. All services are free to Alabama residents.

http://www.adph.org/tobacco/Default.asp?id=785

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