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Media Advisory

For Immediate Release: December 8, 2010
Contact: HHS Press Office; (202) 690-6343

U.S. Surgeon General to Release New Report How Tobacco Smoke Causes Disease


  • Kathleen Sebelius
    Secretary, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
  • Regina M. Benjamin, M.D., M.B.A.
    VADM, U.S. Public Health Service; U.S. Surgeon General
  • Howard Koh, M.D., M.P.H.
    Assistant Secretary for Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services


Surgeon General Benjamin will host a press conference to release her first report on tobacco, A Report of the Surgeon General: How Tobacco Smoke Causes Disease — The Biology and Behavioral Basis for Smoking-Attributable Disease. Since the historic 1964 report linking cigarette smoking to lung cancer, the Surgeon General's Report has become one of the most eagerly anticipated and widely read public health events of the year. The new report to be released December 9, 2010, provides new findings on how tobacco smoke damages the human body and leads to disease and death.


Thursday, December 9, 2010, 9:30am ET
**Note: Media should arrive by 9:00am

To confirm attendance, please RSVP at by December 8th.


The National Press Club
Conference Rooms, 13th Floor (press conference location)
529 14th Street NW
Washington, DC 20045

The press event will also be available live on the Web at

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