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Smoking and Tobacco

Surgeon generals warnings

10/26/2000

Question:

What are the 6 different surgeon general`s warnings about smoking?

Answer:

There are 4 warnings in rotation currently:

1. "SURGEON GENERAL`S WARNING: Smoking Causes Lung Cancer, Heart Disease, Emphysema, And May Complicate Pregnancy." 2. "SURGEON GENERAL`S WARNING: Quitting Smoking Now Greatly Reduces Serious Risks to Your Health." 3. "SURGEON GENERAL`S WARNING: Smoking By Pregnant Women May Result in Fetal Injury, Premature Birth, And Low Birth Weight." 4. "SURGEON GENERAL`S WARNING: Cigarette Smoke Contains Carbon Monoxide."

Proposed additional warnings include: "WARNING: Cigarettes are addictive" "WARNING: Tobacco smoke can harm your children" "WARNING: Cigarettes cause fatal lung disease" "WARNING: Cigarettes cause cancer" "WARNING: Cigarettes cause strokes and heart disease" "WARNING: Smoking during pregnancy can harm your baby" "WARNING: Smoking can kill you" "WARNING: Tobacco smoke causes fatal lung disease in non-smokers" "WARNING: Quitting smoking now greatly reduces serious risks to your health"

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Response by:

Jerry   Friemoth, MD Jerry Friemoth, MD
Associate Professor
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati