Smoking More Hazardous than Thought
last updated: 5/28/2004
The United States Surgeon General now says smoking is more hazardous to your health than previously thought. Surgeon General Richard Carmona says smoking cigarettes affects every cell in the body. And, doctors now have plenty of evidence to show that it can cause disease, not just cancer, throughout the body.
Carmona also warns that low tar or low nicotine cigarettes aren’t any more safe. More than 12 million Americans have died from smoking related illnesses in the last 40 years.
ItÃƒÂ¯Ã‚Â¿Ã‚Â½s bad for your health but still more than 46 million Americans smoke. Now a new study by the surgeon general says smoking causes additional diseases not previously linked to lighting up. 7 Healthcast reporter Janet Wu has more.
Smoking has been known to cause heart disease and some cancers like lung. Now the U.S. Surgeon General says there’s new evidence to show it causes disease in nearly every organ in the body.
Dr. Richard Carmona, U.S. Surgeon General says, “The list of disease caused by smoking has been expanded to include abdominal aortic aneurysm, acute myeloid leukemia, cataract, periodontitus, pneumonia, and cancers of the cervix, kidney, pancreas, and stomach.”
Cigarettes contain more than 4,000 chemical agents – according to the National Cancer Institute – including more than 60 substances that are known to cause cancer in humans.
The tobacco industry says: “We agree with the medical and scientific evidence that cigarette smoking causes serious diseases and that there is no safe cigarette…we will be working to try to find ways to reduce the harmful compounds in cigarette smoke.”
The U.S. Surgeon General says, since the first report in 1964, 12 million Americans have died from smoking related illness – often 13-14 years before they would have died if they didn’t smoke.
Dr. Richard Carmona, U.S. Surgeon General says, “Nearly 25 million Americans alive today are destined to die prematurely unless they quit smoking cigarettes.”
And studies show it’s never too late to stop smoking – even quitting at the age of 65 or older can cut your risk of dying from a smoking related disease in half.
Source: abc7.com and WHDH-TV
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