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Graphic warning labels, support groups aim to help people quit smoking,  

Jump to full article: Columbus (GA) Ledger-Enquirer, 2011-07-26


David Fletcher, outreach coordinator at the John B. Amos Cancer Center, teaches a smoking cessation program at the center called Fresh Start. He said he hopes that the new labels will have the intended impact, even though most smokers and potential smokers are already aware of the risk associated with the habit.

“I just hate that it’s going to be another year (before the labels appear),” he said. “The more we can remind people of the dangers of smoking (the better).”

About two weeks after the new labels were announced to the media, the Associated Press reported an increase in calls to the national quit line.

Whether Fletcher’s cessation program will see a similar peak won’t likely be seen until the packaging hits local markets next year.

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