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Youth smoking is focus of new Surgeon General report
Studies show that the vast majority of smokers begin smoking as young adults.
March 8th, 2012
05:13 PM ET

Youth smoking is focus of new Surgeon General report

By William Hudson, CNN

(CNN) - Tobacco companies' advertising and promotional campaigns may influence young adults and adolescents to start smoking, says a new report from the U.S. Surgeon General.

The report stops short of saying that tobacco companies have definitely changed their packaging in ways that increase their appeal among adolescents. "The evidence is suggestive," but not conclusive, says the report.

Studies show that the once-steady decline in youth smoking has slowed in recent years.

"Each day in the United States, over 3,800 young people under 18 years of age smoke their first cigarette, and over 1,000 youth under age 18 become daily cigarette smokers," says Secretary Kathleen Sebelius in the report's opening comments.

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  1. JOSE0311USMC

    KIDS DON'T BE STUPID, STOP SMOKING...PEOPLE WHO SMOKE ARE STUPID......THE GUY NEXT DOOR TO ME , DIED FROM CANCER AT 54 YEARS OLD....IF YOU DO NOT STOP SMOKING NOW ?? YOU WON'T MAKE IT PASS 60 YEARS OLD...YOUR KIDS WILL BE ALL ALONE WITHOUT YOU...THE PEOPLE THAT GROW THAT CANCER ?? THEY DO NOT SMOKE IT..........EVERY TIME YOU BUY A PAK YOU ARE MAKING THE RICH , GET RICHER....THE RICH GROW THAT CANCER ARE ON A BEACH IN THE SOUTH PACIFIC COLLECTING THEIR PROFITS , WHILE YOU KILL YOURSELF.....STOP NOW.

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