Friday, January 17, 2014

Smoking Linked to More Diseases

Fifty years ago, the U.S. surgeon general reported smoking causes lung cancer and heart disease. But it turns out tobacco is responsible for even more illnesses. In a report released today, Acting Surgeon General Boris D. Lushniak, MD, MPH, found smoking can cause diabetes, liver and colorectal cancers, macular degeneration, ectopic pregnancies, and rheumatoid arthritis. The report also adds strokes to the list of diseases that can be caused by secondhand smoke, and found when pregnant women smoke their fetus has a greater chance of developing a cleft lip and palate. These new findings increase our nation’s tobacco death toll by 37,000 deaths to 480,000 each year. The economy has not been spared, either ― the financial toll now reaches nearly $286 billion yearly in medical costs and lost productivity.

Read More:
List of Smoking-Related Illnesses Grows Significantly in U.S. ReportThe New York Times
Smoking causes diabetes, colon cancer, new report saysUSA Today
Surgeon general report links more diseases, health problems to smoking tobaccoWashington Post

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