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Report claims risks of secondhand smoke inhalation on decline

BY Jenna Duncan

ATLANTA Even though there is still concern that almost half of the population of American nonsmokers still inhale some cigarette fumes, a government study released yesterday said that the rate has declined significantly since the 1990s.

Researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that the amount of found in bars, restaurants work sites and other public places has been lessened substantially, thanks to smoking bans in such areas.

There has also been a decline drop in number of Americans who smoke, the researchers concluded. According to the CDC’s 2007 data, the number of smokers is down to less than 20 percent of U.S. adults.

Amounts of nicotine were found in blood taken 46 percent of a group of nonsmokers blood-tested during dates between 1999 through 2004. This was a notable decline from the late 1980s and early 1990s when around 84 percent of nonsmokers were found with rates of nicotine around the same levels.

The CDC was not ready to call the decline in numbers of smokers and nonsmokers exposed to smoke a total victory, however. Specialists warn that smoking is still deadly, causing lung cancer among other illnesses in smokers, and nonsmokers, as well.

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Mars announces $1 million Halloween contest

BY Alaric DeArment

HACKETTSTOWN, N.J. Mars Snackfood US is launching a sweepstakes in the period leading up to Halloween that includes a grand price of $1 million, Mars announced Thursday.

The contest, dubbed “The Halloween Million Dollar Contest,” will begin Aug. 15 and last until Halloween. It will include 20,000 prizes in addition to the grand prize and cover seven Mars brands, namely M&M’s, Snickers, 3 Musketeers, Twix, Milky Way, Skittles and Starburst.

Mars launched a similar contest last year that only included M&M’s. It will advertise this year’s contest in print and broadcast media and online.

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Kellogg’s introduces blueberry muffin Mini-Wheats

BY Alaric DeArment

BATTLE CREEK, Mich. Blueberry muffins can now be eaten with a spoon.

Kellogg Co. announced Thursday that it has released a Mini-Wheats Blueberry Muffin cereal. The cereal is made with whole grains, providing 85 percent of their daily-recommended amount, as well as 20 percent of the recommended amount of fiber.

“Moms can appreciate the whole grains and fiber they’re providing for the family, while everyone will enjoy the taste of blueberry muffins,” said Matt Lindsay, the brand’s manager.

The new cereal will soon be available nationwide for around $3.89.

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