Americans for decades have known that smoking cigarettes (and, to a lesser extent cigars and pipes) can be a health-robbing, life-shortening endeavor. But a new report indicates that smoking can be even more dangerous than previously thought, and a lot of that most likely has to do with the toxic additives contained in tobacco.
According to The New York Times, a recent review of available scientific literature on smoking by the acting U.S. surgeon general, Dr. Boris D. Lushniak, concluded that smoking, which has long been associated with causing lung cancer and heart disease, also causes a host of other ailments, such as colorectal and liver cancers, as well as diabetes, erectile dysfunction and ectopic pregnancies.
In a report to the nation to be released soon, Lushniak "significantly expanded the list of illnesses that cigarette smoking has been scientifically proved to cause," the Times reported, adding:
The other health problems the report names are vision loss, tuberculosis, rheumatoid arthritis, impaired immune function and cleft palates in children of women who smoke.
Doctors have, for decades, advised pregnant women not to smoke, but scores still do.
New diseases were steadily added over the years
The report notes that, while smoking has long been associated with these illnesses, this is the first time the federal government has determined that they are directly linked to smoking.
The surgeon general goes on to say that his findings do not mean that smoking causes all of the health problems noted in the report, but he makes clear that, in at least some cases, the ailments occurred as a result of smoking.
Bladder cancer (1990) and cervical cancer (2004) have been added by past U.S. surgeon generals.
While the report carries no legal weight and is not binding in any way, it is nonetheless considered a standard for scientific evidence among policymakers and researchers alike, the Times noted.
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