Surgeon General: Smoking To Kill 5.6 Million Kids If We Don’t Act Now

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CHICAGO – The surgeon general’s latest smoking report warns unless current tobacco use rates fall, another 5.6 million U.S. kids might die prematurely.

The report, the first in more than a decade, found that smoking has killed more than 20 million Americans prematurely in the last half century.

Smoking causes more deaths each year than HIV, illegal drug use, alcohol use, motor vehicle injuries and firearm-related incidents combined, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

“Enough is enough,” acting Surgeon General Dr Boris Lushniak said in a telephone interview. “We need to eliminate the use of cigarettes and create a tobacco-free generation.”

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