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Surgeon general adds to list of smoking’s harms

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The risks of cigarette smoking are even greater than doctors originally believed. This according to the surgeon general's 980 page report released this morning.

Lung cancer and heart disease are the top causes of death for smokers. Now the surgeon general's report adds type 2 diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, erectile dysfunction, macular degeneration, liver and colorectal cancers as effects from smoking.

The report says nearly half a million people will die this year from smoking-related diseases.

Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius says the administration wants to eliminate smoking all-together.

"Now this year's budget proposes to take on an additional ninety-four cents a pack so we can discourage more people from smoking saving more lives and more resources," Sebelius said.

The report finds smokers shorten their lives by more than a decade. Smokers say it's hard to stop. Non-smokers aren't surprised by the report.

"I always tell them they aren't allowed to smoke at my house, it's nasty I don't like to smell it," said Rachel Robinson.

"Once a long time ago, I want to quit they're really expensive and they're killing my voice," said Kenny Burns, a smoker.

Electronic cigarettes or e-cigarettes are gaining popularity. The report says the effects of those aren't yet understood and doctors say they complicate the anti-smoking messages.

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