The Surgeon General has made more links between disease and tobacco

By Amanda Stewart,

The Surgeon General reports that there are even more diseases, outside of lung cancer and heart disease, that can be linked to smoking tobacco.

Fifty years after the Surgeon General initially stated that smoking tobacco was causing things like lung cancer and heart disease, the new team has drawn even more conclusions about the consequences of smoking tobacco.

Smoking causes liver cancer and colorectal cancer, acting Surgeon General Boris D. Lushniak found in a report that was released Friday, according to The Washington Post.

He also said smoking can cause Type 2 diabetes, macular degeneration, erectile dysfunction and rheumatoid arthritis. It can also do things to weaken the immune system. Smoking tobacco will also worsen asthma and can cause cleft lips in fetuses. Secondhand smoke can also cause strokes.

"We're up to 13 right now - 13 different cancers associated with smoking in 2014," Lushniak said.

"Enough is enough," Lushniak said. "We need to eliminate the use of cigarettes and create a tobacco-free generation."

Fox News reported that the acting Surgeon General is calling on businesses and governments to end smoking with campaigns, smoke-free policies and tobacco taxes.

Lushniak hopes to see a societal change in order to save lives and prevent these diseases that are killing many Americans.

Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.



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