Smoking Is Worse Than You Thought

On the 50th anniversary of the landmark 1964 report that powered the anti-smoking movement, a new report from the U.S. Surgeon General says there's a lot of room for improvement in the battle. While fewer Americans smoke today (about 18 percent of adults), the U.S. may not reach the government's goal of 12 percent by 2020. Additionally, roughly half a million people died from smoking-related diseases in 2012, and every day over 3,000 youths will try their first cigarette. Also, more diseases were added to the official list of being smoking-caused, including Type 2 diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, erectile dysfunction, liver and colorectal cancer, and cleft palate birth defects.