New Surgeon General's Report Expands List of Diseases Caused by Smoking
An article in The Lancet, to be published online on November 11th, says that documents made public as a result of a 1998 legal settlement show that Philip Morris sponsored secret research that revealed tobacco's addictive properties and the toxicity of second-hand smoke.
Lead author Dr. Pascal A. Diethelm, at OxyRomandie in Geneva and colleagues conducted a search of these documents, which were posted on public Websites, as well as other information they found.
Despite decades-long efforts to curtail its use, tobacco remains a serious health issue. A new study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports some 2.4 million cases of tobacco-related cancers were diagnosed in the United States from 1999 to 2004, with lung and bronchial cancer accounting for almost half of these diagnoses.
The study marks the first time CDC has reported on all tobacco-related cancers for more than 90 percent of the population.