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60th Anniversary of First Surgeon General's Report on Smoking and Health Observed.

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Thursday, January 11, 2024 marks the 60th anniversary of the first Surgeon General’s Report on Smoking and Health, which found that cigarette smoking causes lung cancer and is linked to other serious diseases. Yolonda Richardson is President and CEO of the Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids. She discusses the importance of that report.

Richardson says in addition to notifying the public about harm and putting policy makers on notice to do more, the report resulted in significant changes. Since 1964, the U.S. has seen a 73% decline in the number of adult smokers and a 90% decline in youth smoking.

46 million U.S. adults and 2.8 million use tobacco products. For more information, visit tobacco free kids dot org.

Advocates are working to ban all flavored tobacco products, including menthol cigarettes.

Alexia Ridley joined WUGA as Television and Radio News Anchor and Reporter in 2013. When WUGA TV concluded operations, she became the primary Reporter for WUGA Radio. Alexia came to Athens from Macon where she served as the News Director and show host for WGXA TV. She's a career journalist and Savannah native hailing from the University of Michigan. However, Alexia considers herself an honorary UGA DAWG!