Amazingly, Smoking Is Even Worse Than We Knew

from Yes, smoking is bad for you, but just how bad might still surprise you. A surgeon general’s report out Friday reports (PDF) that lighting up is scientifically proven to cause diabetes, colorectal and liver cancers, erectile dysfunction, and ectopic pregnancy, the New York Times reports. And more: vision loss, tuberculosis, rheumatoid arthritis, impaired immune function, and, in the children of women who smoke, cleft palates. Smoking does not cause all cases of the aforementioned diseases, notes Dr. Boris D. Lushniak’s report, but a portion of the cases only occurred because of smoking. The development comes 50 years after a landmark 1964 report first found smoking caused lung cancer; 30 more reports have followed on the topic in advance of the latest.

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