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HEALTH NEWS: New Surgeon General report reveals smoking more dangerous than orginally thought

A new Surgeon General report reveals smoking is even more dangerous than originally thought.

The report now links smoking to a host of diseases-- including diabetes, colorectal cancer, liver cancer and even erectile dysfunction.
   
It says smoking also increases the failure rate of cancer treatments.
The report also says that one in 13 American children alive today will die prematurely from smoking-related diseases.  Unless the current smoking rate drops.
   
Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Debelius spoke about the findings today.

This addiction, this epidemic, has serious ramifications for our families, our communities, our overall health and the health of our economy. So, today, we're calling on all Americans to join in a sustained effort to make the next generation a tobacco-free generation."

According to the report, more than 20-million Americans have died from smoking since the Surgeon General report 50 years ago that linked smoking to health problems.
   
Two-and-a-half-million of these people were non-smokers who died from diseases caused by second hand smoke exposure.

The report found that cigarette smoking still kills nearly half a million Americans every year with another 16-million suffering from smoking-related problems.

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