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Report reveals more health risks from smoking

Washington -- A new report has painted an even grimmer picture about the health risks of smoking.

A study by the U.S. Surgeon Generals office added Type 2 diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, liver and colorectal cancer, erectile dysfunction and cleft palate birth defects to the list of diseases caused by smoking.

Researchers also warned the government may not meet its goal of reducing the number of adults who smoke from the current rate if 18 percent to 12 percent by 2020.

If the trends continue, researchers said it could mean 5.6 million of todays children and teenagers will die prematurely due to smoking.

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Washington Times