Friday, July 24, 2015

Let's Make the Next Generation Tobacco-Free

For more than fifty years, the Surgeon General has been reporting about the dangers of smoking and tobacco use. The findings have spurred many people to help smokers quit, clear the air of secondhand smoke, and keep young people from starting in the first place.

We know the strategies that work and now we have an historic opportunity to end the tobacco epidemic. If we work together, we can save millions of lives. Smoking has been the number-one cause of preventable death and disease in this country for decades. If we could eliminate tobacco use entirely, the results would be staggering:
  • We could prevent nearly half a million premature deaths each year
  • We could save the lives of 5.6 million children alive today who would die prematurely because of smoking
  • 58 million Americans still exposed to secondhand smoke could breathe more freely
  • We could prevent one out of three cancer deaths in this country
To reflect on all the work that has been done, and remind everyone of the road ahead, the CDC has developed and released The Next 50 Years. This video can help you raise awareness and draw attention to the important work that remains to be done in tobacco control. Please take a moment to watch the video, and share it with your networks.

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