According to the Surgeon Generals report: The Health Consequences of Smoking—50 Years of Progress: A Report of the Surgeon General
This report highlights the last 50 years of the consequences of smoking. It states that more than 20 million Americans have died because of their smoking habit since 1964 and that 2.5 million of those people were nonsmokers that died from exposure to second hand smoke.
It warns that if Americans who smoke that are younger than eighteen years of age (approximately 5.6 million people) continue to smoke they will die early from smoking related diseases.
The report also states that over 100,000 babies have died in this same time period from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome which they have linked to complications from being born too early, low birth weight, and other health problems resulting from the parents smoking.
This report from the Surgeon General states that ‘smoking is the single largest cause of preventable disease and death in the United States today.’
The Surgeon General says that the scientific evidence of smoking is linked to diseases of almost every organ in the body.
To read the report: 50 Years of Progress
Stop smoking today and change your lifestyle for the better to live a longer healthier life. If you are someone wanting to have a healthy baby you should definitely stop smoking at least 6 months before you decide to get pregnant. See your gynecologist, get a physical and ask advise about getting pregnant and having a healthy baby.