Tobacco Use Remains Leading Preventable Cause of Death

quit smoking, death, cancer, lung, heart, diseaseIt’s been 50 years since the first Surgeon General’s report on smoking and health. That report made it clear that smoking causes cancer.

Since then, health researchers have shown us that smoking isn’t just deadly for smokers but it also harms people exposed to second-hand smoke.

Yet, 40 million adults and 3 million children smoke currently smoke in our nation today, according to federal health statistics.

To help people quit, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has created the Tips From Former Smokers campaign, which aims to inspire current smokers to stop lighting up. In 2012, this campaign helped more than 100,000 people quit smoking.

“We now know that smoking also causes a wide range of disabling, disfiguring, and deadly diseases not only in smokers but also in people exposed to second-hand smoke and in children born to pregnant women who smoke,” said Dr. Tom Frieden, CDC director in a recent statement on the 50th anniversary of the Surgeon General’s report on smoking. “We have also learned how addictive cigarettes are, and that quitting is the most important thing smokers can do to avoid heart disease, cancer, lung disease, and other smoking-related illnesses. We have made enormous progress in the past 50 years, preventing millions of deaths and tens of millions of illnesses.  But we have much further to go – tobacco remains, by far, the single leading preventable cause of death in the United States and the world.”

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention statement

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