Numbers: Sep. 11, 2006

10% Average increase in a cigarette's nicotine yield--the amount of the chemical inhaled by a smoker--between 1998 and 2004

3.2 mg Nicotine yield of one Newport 100 menthol cigarette--the highest of any brand and up 10% from what it was in 1998

31 Number of states in which the obesity rate rose over the past year

2/3 Proportion of Americans who are overweight or obese

29.5% Percentage of Mississippians who are obese--the highest level of any state

103 in. Screen size of Panasonic's newest plasma TV, which will be the largest television on the market when it makes its planned debut...

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