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New report: AL among highest in smoking prevalence

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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) -

The Alabama Department of Public Health issued information Friday on a new report from the U.S. Surgeon General that puts Alabama among the highest rates for smoking in the country, nearly one in four.

The report also noted that more than 19 percent of high-school youth in the state are smokers.

Fifty years after Alabama native Luther Terry issued the landmark Surgeon General's Report on smoking and its health consequences, smoking is still the number one cause of preventable death and disease in the nation.

Smoking kills more than 7,500 adults over age 35 in Alabama each year, and costs the state nearly $5.6 billion in medical care costs and productivity losses, according to the report.

To read the full report, The Health Consequences of Smoking:  50 Years of Progress, go to www.SurgeonGeneral.gov

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