Fifty years ago, the U.S. Surgeon General issued a report that sounded the alarm about smoking.
Now, the surgeon general's office and the Centers for Disease Control have taken a big look at recent studies, and have released another report, linking smoking to many more cancers and diseases than commonly thought.
The new report greatly expands the list of disorders now known to be causally linked to smoking to include age-related macular degeneration, diabetes, colorectal cancer, liver cancer, tuberculosis, erectile dysfunction, cleft palate, ectopic pregnancy, rheumatoid arthritis, inflammation and impaired immune function. Exposure to secondhand smoke is now deemed a cause of stroke.
Dr. Jon Hallberg, All Things Considered's regular medical analyst and a physician in family medicine at the University of Minnesota, joined MPR News' Tom Crann to talk about the new study. Click the audio link above to hear the conversation.