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U.S., Cancer Group Set Drive on Smoking

From United Press International

The federal government and the American Cancer Society on Monday announced a stop-smoking drive expected to reach more than one-fifth of the U.S. population and at least 15 million smokers.

The National Cancer Institute estimates it will spend $116.5 million on the project, which is being billed as “the world’s largest” effort to reduce smoking.

Scheduled to begin in 1991 and run through 1998, the drive will be spearheaded by 20 community-based “tobacco control” coalitions in major metropolitan areas or throughout entire states.

The project will include training health professionals on how to counsel smokers trying to stop, starting special workplace programs and beginning smoking prevention classes in schools.

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