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What You Need To Know About Smoking [PDF–812 KB]
This fact sheet summarizes key findings from Surgeon General’s Reports on Smoking and Health and provides tips for smokers who want to quit.

What You Need To Know About Smoking

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Unequal Opportunity Killer

Cigarette smoking has devastating effects on health and it is an unequal opportunity killer. People with lower-incomes and less education, and certain racial and ethnic minorities are more likely to smoke, so they bear a bigger share of the disease burden caused by the tobacco use epidemic. In conversations with several leaders in tobacco control, this video shines a spotlight on this health disparity, how it developed, and how tobacco companies have contributed.


Surgeon General’s Reports – Why They Matter

This video highlights key findings from the previous 31 Surgeon General reports that advanced the tobacco control movement, and sheds light on important health issues such as disparities, causal links to various diseases, exposure to secondhand smoke, and indoor smoking, among others.


Smoking Within the LGBT Community

Smoking is the largest preventable cause of disease and death in the United States. Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Americans smoke at much higher rates than average, so they suffer more smoking-related death and illness. In this video, Dr. Scout, director of the Network for LGBT Health Equity at CenterLink, talks about what smoking does to LGBT health, including the tobacco industry’s long history in marketing to the LGBT community.


5.6 Million Children PSA

A new public service announcement (PSA) designed to educate adults about the long-term impact of tobacco use on this nation's future—its youth.The PSA points out that 5.6 million children alive today will ultimately die early from smoking if we do not do more to reduce current smoking rates.


Tips Campaign Changed Their Lives

This video features Tips ad participants Terrie Hall, Brandon Carmichael and Roosevelt Smith, discussing their experiences during and after the Tips campaign.


The Way Things Were

Over the past 50 years, the social acceptability of smoking has declined significantly; this is a keystone accomplishment of the tobacco control movement. This video explores the importance of social norm change as a primary strategy for improving public health by reducing smoking rates.


Changing Social Norms to Reduce the Acceptability of Smoking

Madeleine Solomon of Emory University and the Tobacco Technical Assistance Consortium examines the social and policy changes that have affected tobacco use by reducing acceptability of smoking.




Clear the Air


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In this podcast, Cynthia Hallett, Executive Director of Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights, talks about her sense of urgency to clear the air of secondhand smoke so everyone is equally protected from the negative health effects caused by smoking in the workplace.



The Minnesota Lawsuit:The Gift that Keeps on Giving


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Doug Blanke is director of the Tobacco Control Legal Consortium, and works to reduce tobacco use nationwide. He was part of a lawsuit that forced the tobacco industry to turn over millions of pages of documents showing how they targeted children in their marketing, hid data on the dangers of smoking, and misled the American public about their products.



Confronting Ceremonial Tobacco Use among Native American Tribes


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American Indians have the largest prevalence of smoking among population groups. In this podcast, Dr. Patricia Nez Henderson, Vice President, Black Hills Center for American Indian Health, discusses the importance of educating tribal people that cigarettes are not traditional. She and other tribal support centers are working to end commercial tobacco use among American Indians.



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Former Surgeon General, Luther K. Terry



50th Anniversary Report on Smoking and Health
Fifty years after the first report, the 2014 Surgeon General’s Report on Smoking and Health reveals new details about the dangers of smoking as well as strategies to curtail the tobacco use epidemic.

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