30th U. S. Surgeon General’s Smoking Report Issued

The U.S. Surgeon General has just released How Tobacco Smoke Causes Disease, exploring how smoking is responsible for nearly one in every five deaths and costs almost $200 billion in health expenditures and lost productivity per year. The principal message of the report is:

  • There is NO risk-free level of exposure to tobacco smoke.
  • Smoking leads to DNA damage, bonding of carcinogens to DNA, and cancer growth.
  • Smoking damages the delicate lining of the arteries leading to cardiovascular events.

PositiveTip: Stopping smoking is the only way to lessen the severity of tobacco smoke damage.