Smoking Somehow Even Worse Than Previously Thought

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In a report to be released on Friday, acting surgeon general Dr. Boris Lushniak will announce a number of health problems now definitively linked to cigarette smoking.

Among the newly-included maladies, reports The New York Times, are "diabetes, colorectal and liver cancers, erectile dysfunction and ectopic pregnancy," as well as "vision loss, tuberculosis, rheumatoid arthritis, impaired immune function and cleft palates in children of women who smoke." Though commonly linked to smoking, the new report is the first time the federal government has declared that they can be caused by smoking. The American Diabetes Association, for example, has long advised those with the affliction to avoid tobacco products.

The surgeon general's report is generally regarded as a standard for policymaking though does not carry any legal weight. The new findings come near the 50th anniversary of the surgeon general's first report linking smoking with lung cancer. There are now 13 different cancers definitively associated with smoking.

The report also finds that changes in cigarette design have led to present-day smokers being more likely than those 50 years ago to develop illnesses connected with smoking.

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