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US Surgeon General Expands List of Diseases Caused by Smoking

Smoking kills approximately 400,000 people per year and now The New York Times states that the US acting surgeon general has issued a report expanding the list of diseases and health complications caused by smoking. Although “smoking has been known to be associated with these illnesses, the report was the first time the federal government concluded that smoking causes them.” The report is a comprehensive summary of all scientific literature and, while it may not be surprising to scientists, it is meant to inform physicians and the public. In addition to the previously reported diseases of lung cancer and heart disease, the expanded list reports that smoking “causes diabetes, colorectal and liver cancers, erectile dysfunction and ectopic pregnancy.”

Read it in The New York Times.

Read the surgeon general’s report.