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Surgeon General: Smoking Remains Critical Problem in U.S.

Acting U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Boris Lushniak says smoking remains a critical problem especially with young Americans. 

This year marks the 50th Anniversary of the U.S. Surgeon General's report on smoking and health.  Lushniak says during that time, the national smoking rate has been reduced from 43 percent to 18 percent.  However, he adds that 50 years later, 480,000 Americans still die prematurely each year from smoking-related illnesses. 

Dr. Lushniak says the smoking rate in Indiana is currently higher than the national average at 22 percent, down from 26 percent. Bushniak says one of every 13 teens in the U.S and one in every ten in Indiana smokes.  He says anti-smoking efforts should continue to target young smokers. 

Dr. Lushniak spoke at an event organized by the Indiana State Department of Health Tobacco and Prevention Cessation Commission.

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