New Health Risks From Cigarette Smoking

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New Health Risks From Cigarette Smoking

Cigarette smoking kills nearly 500,000 Americans every year. A new report from the Surgeon General greatly expands the list of smoking-related health problems to include conditions like diabetes and vision loss.

Fifty years ago this month, the Surgeon General issued a landmark report linking smoking to lung cancer. At the time, nearly half of American adults smoked cigarettes. Now, a new report from the Surgeon General finds that while fewer Americans smoke today, nearly 500,000 die from cigarette smoking each year and it remains the No. 1 cause of preventable death. The new report greatly expands the list of smoking-related health problems to include diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis and even vision loss. And the findings are that smoking among young people is on the rise. Diane and guests discuss the latest report on cigarette smoking from the Surgeon General and why it’s even worse than we thought.

Guests

Rear Admiral Boris Lushniak, M.D.

acting U.S. Surgeon General.

Dr. Thomas Frieden

director, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Catherine Hollander

policy correspondent, National Journal.

Gregg Haifley

associate director of federal relations, American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network.

Mitch Zeller

director, Center for Tobacco Products, U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

David Abrams, Ph. D.

executive director, Schroeder Institute for Tobacco Research and Policy Studies, American Legacy Foundation; professor, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

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