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May 25, 2001

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Arizona

Ads cited in smoking decrease

The camera zooms in on a teen-age girl in a robe, puffing a cigarette in a bathroom before she starts brushing her perfect teeth. But instead of toothpaste residue falling into the sink, it's wiggling maggots. She recoils as her mirrored face turns green and clumps of her hair fall out. Within seconds, the beautiful girl is rotting flesh.

The revolting scene is from Arizona's award-winning anti-smoking campaign, and federal health officials say it contributed to a 21 percent drop in the state's smoking rate during the late 1990s. Telephone surveys found that the number of adult Arizonans who smoke dropped from 23.1 percent in 1996 to 18.3 in 1999, the Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Thursday.

The CDC also attributed the drop to a sharp increase in cigarette taxes. In 1994, Arizona voters raised the tax from 18 cents to 58 cents per pack. About one-quarter of the money goes to anti-smoking programs.

South Carolina

Gold coin recovered from sub

The gold coin said to have saved the life of a Confederate soldier at the Battle of Shiloh has been recovered from the wreckage of the Civil War submarine H.L. Hunley, salvagers said Thursday. The coin belonging to the submarine's commander, Lt. George Dixon, was one of the most sought-after artifacts on the Confederate sub, which last year was raised off the South Carolina coast.

Dixon had been wounded at Shiloh in 1862, but his life was spared when a bullet hit a gold coin in his pocket. He was said to have had the coin with him when the Hunley sank in 1864.

The Hunley was the first submarine in history to sink an enemy warship. The submarine itself went down shortly after destroying the Union ship Housatonic.

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