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Was excited to read about his daughter running next month for "lung cancer research." See bold text below.

In nod to Jennings, ABC plans cancer series

‘World News Tonight’ will plans reports and an anti-smoking campaign

The Associated Press

Updated: 11:32 a.m. ET Oct. 28, 2005

NEW YORK - In another tribute to the late Peter Jennings, ABC’s “World News Tonight” is launching an anti-smoking effort and will do a series of stories on lung cancer.

The veteran ABC anchor was a longtime smoker who quit late in life, but he died of lung cancer on Aug. 7.

“World News Tonight” will report on medical research into lung cancer, public health policy on tobacco and anti-smoking efforts. The broadcast will also help direct viewers to resources that could help them quit smoking.

“Smoking and lung cancer are grave issues that all of us at ‘World News Tonight’ have now experienced first hand,” said Jon Banner, the show’s executive producer. “Peter Jennings was at the forefront of reporting on the dangers of smoking and tobacco throughout his career, and we are committed to carrying on his work.”

Jennings’ daughter, Elizabeth, is running in the New York marathon next month for the first time with a group of friends, “PJ’s People,” to raise money for lung cancer research.

© 2005 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

© 2005 MSNBC.com

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