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Smoking remains leading cause of premature death in US

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.g396 (Published 20 January 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g396
  1. Michael McCarthy
  1. 1Seattle

Fifty years after the US surgeon general’s 1964 landmark report that identified smoking as a leading cause of cancer and heart disease, smoking remains the leading cause of premature disease and death in the United States, says a new report issued by the current acting surgeon general, Boris D Lushniak. 1 2

Although the prevalence of cigarette smoking has fallen over the past five decades since the 1964 report from 42% to 18% in 2012, more than 42 million people in the US still smoke, the report …

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