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Surgeon General’s Report: After 50 Years, New Harms of Smoking Still Emerging

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“Cigarette smoking is causally related to lung cancer in men; the magnitude of the effect of cigarette smoking outweighs all other factors; and the risk of developing lung cancer increases with the duration of smoking and number of cigarettes smoked per day, and diminishes by discontinuing smoking.”

This statement from the 1964 landmark surgeon general’s report on smoking—the first public announcement of the negative health consequences of smoking—changed the world’s perception of a centuries-old habit. Now, 50 years later, the new information gained from new research continues to be staggering.

The 2014 surgeon general’s report on “The Health Consequences of Smoking—50 Years of Progress”, released last Friday, presented some notable new conclusions since the last report in 2012, including new evidence that

  • smoking causes liver cancer,
  • smoking causes colon cancer,
  • smoking causes diabetes,
  • smoking causes rheumatoid arthritis and general inflammation in the body,
  • secondhand smoke causes stroke.

The report…

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January 29, 2014 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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