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2014 Smoking Report

Jan 16, 2014

50th Anniversary Report on Smoking and Health.

Fifty years after the first report, the 2014 Surgeon General’s Report on Smoking and Health reveals new details about the dangers of smoking as well as strategies to curtail the tobacco use epidemic. CDC Features.

Highlights of the 2014 Surgeon General's Report on Smoking and Health:

  • 20 million people have died since 1964 from smoking-related illnesses.
  • 5.6 million children alive today will die prematurely from smoking if current smoking rates persist.
  • The list of illnesses caused by smoking has grown and now includes diabetes, colorectal cancer, and liver cancer.
  • Smokers today have a greater risk of developing lung cancer than they did in 1964, even though they smoke fewer cigarettes.
  • For the first time, women are as likely as men to die from many of the diseases caused by smoking.
  • Cigarette smoking makes people less healthy, harms immune function, and reduces quality of life.