Smoking stats

    Health & Science reporter Taunya English is working on a story about the effects of smoking — even in social smokers who only light up occassionally. Docs say every puff is a dangerous one.

     

    Taunya’s found out the dangers associated with smoking take effect right away. Even one cigarette can harm the body, America’s Doctor in Chief says.

    “The chemicals in tobacco smoke reach your lungs quickly every time you inhale causing damage immediately,” said U.S. Surgeon General Regina Benjamin.

    Benjamin’s 700-page report released today compiles new science on the physical effects of smoking: difficulties managing diabetes and recovering from cancer.

    As we’ve reported, federal health officials have renewed the anti-smoking campaign. Beginning in 2012, cigarette packages will feature graphic images of the the effects of smoking.

    Taunya reports one in five people in the U.S. smoke and Public health officials are concerned because the smoking rate has stalled since 2003. She’ll have more from this story on the air later.

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