The U.S. Surgeon General ways more than 20 million Americans have died prematurely from smoking over the past 50 years. Tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable death in the United States. Women are just as likely as men to die from diseases, such as lung cancer, caused by smoking. Even though, the rate of smoking is declining, 46 million adults (20% of the population) still smoke, and millions more are exposed to secondhand smoke.
The Surgeon General went on to state that smoking causes or worsens more than a dozen chronic health conditions--lung cancer, asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), stroke, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, liver cancer, colorectal cancer, rheumatoid arthritis, age-related macular degeneration, migraine and erectile dysfunction.
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