A new report to be released Friday by the Surgeon General on health problems caused by cigarette smoking adds a host of new illnesses to the list, including diabetes, colorectal and liver cancers, erectile dysfunction, and ectopic pregnancy.
New York Times: “The other health problems the report names are vision loss, tuberculosis, rheumatoid arthritis, impaired immune function and cleft palates in children of women who smoke.”
“Smoking has been known to be associated with these illnesses, but the report was the first time the federal government concluded that smoking causes them.”
While smoking has declined over the last 50 years, the rate of decline has slowed recently.
“The new report calls for stronger action in combating smoking. Smoking is the largest cause of premature death in the country, killing more than 400,000 people a year.”