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Surgeon General: 5.6 Million Kids Will Die if Current Smoking Rates Continue

According to the Surgeon General, 5.6 million kids will die if current smoking rates continue.
WASHINGTON - According to the Surgeon General, 5.6 million kids will die if current smoking rates continue.


A report, The Health Consequences of Smoking—50 Years of Progress: A Report of the Surgeon General, found that cigarette smoking kills nearly half a million Americans a year, with an additional 16 million suffering from smoking-related conditions. The price tag of smoking in the U.S. is more than $289 billion a year in direct medical care and other economic costs.

"We’re asking Americans to join a sustained effort to make the next generation a tobacco-free generation,” said Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. “This is not something the federal government can do alone. We need to partner with the business community, local elected officials, schools and universities, the medical community, the faith community, and committed citizens in communities across the country to make the next generation tobacco free.”

A press release says while youth smoking rates have declined by half between 1997 and 2011, each day another 3,200 children under the age of 18 smoke their first cigarette, and another 2,100 youth and young adults become daily smokers.

For the full report visit http://www.surgeongeneral.gov/library/reports/50-years-of-progress/index.html.
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