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Last week, the FDA disclosed a criminal probe into electronic cigarettes as the number of vaping-related illnesses climbed. The enforcement action dovetails with an ongoing Centers For Disease Control and Prevention investigation into vaping-related illness in the U.S. 

Five hundred thirty people with a history of vaping have been diagnosed with mysterious lung injuries. Eight people have died. Five of those cases are in Georgia, with another being investigated here.


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Chewing tobacco is a rite of passage for many teenage boys in rural parts of Georgia. That perception is the problem, according to the Food and Drug Administration.

Young boys who see their fathers, uncles and older brothers dipping tobacco are the ones at greatest risk of starting the addictive habit, Mitch Zeller said. He's the director of the FDA's Center for Tobacco Products, which expanded this week its "The Real Cost" smokeless tobacco prevention campaign.

They're spending an additional $6 million in Georgia and 19 other states to show kids — graphically — that "smokeless doesn't mean harmless."

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Hundreds of African-Americans met in downtown Atlanta Tuesday for the first State of Black Health conference.


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The director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald, has resigned amid questions over her investments in tobacco and pharmaceutical companies.