Smoking

Surgeon General's Report on Smoking and Health - 
Approximately "...5.6 million American children ... will die prematurely from smoking-related diseases unless current smoking rates drop ..." according to  
the report which concludes that "... cigarette smoking kills nearly  
half a million Americans a year, with an additional 16 million  
suffering from smoking-related conditions [and a price tag of] more  
than $289 billion a year in direct medical care and other economic  
costs ..." - Besides lung cancer, the report adds "... diabetes,  
colorectal and liver cancer, rheumatoid arthritis, erectile  
dysfunction, age-related macular degeneration, and other conditions to  
the list of diseases that cigarette smoking causes. In addition, the  
report concludes that secondhand smoke exposure is now known to cause  
strokes in nonsmokers ...

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