Surgeon General's Report

The evidence is clear.
Tobacco is toxic and deadly.

It’s been half a century since the Surgeon General first warned of tobacco’s health hazards. Since then, a growing mountain of evidence has proven just how deadly it is. Tobacco contains at least 70 cancer-causing substances. It’s filled with hundreds of toxic chemicals.  And it’s killed 10 times as many Americans as all our nation’s wars combined.

Click the links below to access 50 years of experience regarding tobacco’s devastating effects on the body.

  1. Consumer Guide – This brief, easy-to-read presentation presents the Surgeon General’s report in a condensed, visually rich format.
  2. Executive Summary – This document provides a more formal, scientific summary of the full report along with informative statements from government health officials.
  3. Full Surgeon General’s Report – Spanning nearly 1000 pages, the full Surgeon General’s report is a comprehensive source of scientific and epidemiological data.

Find more information below about specific diseases caused by tobacco.

Smokeless Tobacco and Your Health

Smokeless tobacco contains at least 28 chemicals known to cause cancer.

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Smoking and Cancer

Smokers are at least 25 times more likely to develop lung cancer than people who have never smoked.

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Smoking and Diabetes

New findings from the 2014 Surgeon General’s Report confirm that smoking causes type-2 diabetes.

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Smoking and Heart Disease

Cardiovascular disease is the single largest cause of death in America.

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Smoking and Reproduction

Smoking causes birth defects. Each year, more than 400,000 newborns in the U.S. are exposed to tobacco toxins before birth.

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Smoking and Respiratory Disease

Smoking is the main cause of COPD, an incurable disease that causes suffering and death.

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