The Health Consequences of Smoking: A Report of the Surgeon General

Atlanta (GA): Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (US); 2004.


This new report of the Surgeon General on the health effects of smoking provides a startling picture of the damage to health caused by tobacco use. Smoking injures almost all bodily organs, and tragically this injury often leads to incurable disease and death. The comprehensive review process that is the foundation of this series of reports has found new causal associations of smoking with disease, reemphasizing the need for continued monitoring of scientific evidence on the health effects of smoking. This report also addresses changes in the cigarette and whether these changes present increased risks to smokers.

Publication types

  • Review