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No. 1: Smoking

When the surgeon general talks, it's a good idea to listen. So when you pick up a pack of cigarettes and there's that surgeon general's warning on the side, that's good information to pay special attention to.We all know smoking is bad, and the National Cancer Institute makes these observations about smoking:

  • Cigarette smoking causes an estimated 443,000 deaths each year, including approximately 49,400 deaths due to exposure to secondhand smoke.
  • Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death among both men and women in the United States. Ninety percent of lung cancer can be blamed on smoking.
  • Smoking causes many other types of cancer, including cancers of the throat, mouth, nasal cavity, esophagus, stomach, pancreas, kidney, bladder, and cervix, and acute myeloid leukemia.

Basically, in case you haven't figured it out by now, if you smoke: Stop.

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