[font=arial, helvetica][font=arial, helvetica][font=arial, helvetica]the latest federal report on smoking and health by the u.s. surgeon general concludes that smoking causes diseases in nearly every organ of the body. the report expands the list of illnesses and conditions linked to smoking to include cataracts, pneumonia, acute myeloid leukemia, abdominal aortic aneurysm, stomach cancer, pancreatic cancer, cervical cancer, kidney cancer, and periodontitis. it adds that quitting smoking at any age has immediate and long-term health benefits, and that smoking cigarettes with lower tar and nicotine provides no clear benefit to health.
[font=arial, helvetica][font=arial, helvetica][font=arial, helvetica]the report, "the health consequences of smoking: a report of the surgeon general, 2004", is available at www.cdc.gov/tobacco/sgr/sgr_2004/index.htm
this interactive animation outlines the effects of smoking on the different organs of the body based on the findings of the 2004 surgeon general's report
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