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Researchers: First smoking report helped to save 8-million lives

Created: 01/08/2014 4:17 PM WHEC.com

A new study shows tighter smoking laws and other measures used to control tobacco use have saved about eight-million lives in the past 50 years.

The first Surgeon General's report on smoking and health was released 50 years ago today, launching increased efforts to regulate sales and marketing of cigarettes and create smoke-free areas. Researchers say that action has increased the number of lives saved each year.

Still, they say more than 17-million people have died of smoking-related causes and tobacco is still a significant public health problem.
 



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