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Let's Make the Next Generation Tobacco-Free: Your Guide to the 50th Anniversary Surgeon General's Report on Smoking and Health LET’S MAKE THE NEXT GENERATION TOBACCO-FREE Your Guide to the 50th Anniversary Surgeon General’s Report on Smoking and Health ANNIVERS ARY U.S. Department of Health and Human Services 50 Years of Progress A Report of the Surgeon General Rear Admiral Boris D. Lushniak, M.D., M.P.H., Acting Surgeon General NOTE FROM THE ACTING U.S. SURGEON GENERAL I am pleased and honored to release The Health Consequences of Smoking: 50 Years of Progress, the 50th Anniversary Surgeon General’s Report on Smoking and Health. This new report: l l l looks back at the important gains we have made in reducing tobacco use over the last half-century; catalogs the devastating effects smoking and exposure to secondhand smoke have on the human body; and looks at the work still to be done to achieve our goal of a society free from tobacco-related disease and death. Because the report itself is written mostly for a scientific and medical audience, we have created this consumer guide to explain the report in language we can all understand. This guide details devastating effects of smoking including nicotine addiction and serious disease. It shows that 5.6 million of today’s children will ultimately die early from smoking if we do not do more to reduce current smoking rates. And it shows that 2.5 million nonsmokers have died from secondhand smoke since 1964. It also contains important facts on the benefits of quitting smoking and free resources that are available to smokers who want to quit. The guide is meant to motivate as well as educate, because the best thing all of us can do to protect our bodies and live long, healthy lives is to say no to tobacco use. If you are an educator, a health care provider, a parent, or just someone who is interested in healthy living, we hope this guide will be helpful in your ef

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