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Great American Smokeout underway

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MONROE, La., (KNOE 8 News) - The American Cancer Society has launched the 2012 Great American Smokeout.

The American Cancer Society launched its annual event this week as anti-smoking advocates push to reverse a slowdown in the decline of tobacco use in the United States.

The percentage of high-school students who smoke cigarettes has flattened over the past few years after a rapid fall in the late 1990s and early 2000s, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Among adults, the percentage of cigarette smokers has hovered around 19 percent to 21 percent since 2004.

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