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New Smoking Report: More Health Risk

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The U.S. Surgeon General released a report on Friday with a new list of health risks associated with smoking cigarettes.

Since the last report in 1964, more than 20 million Americans have died from smoking related illnesses. 

Acting U.S. Surgeon General Boris Lushniak in a press conference revealed some of the new diseases associated with cigarettes.

"Diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, liver cancer, colon cancer as well as erectile dysfunction," said Lushniak. "Of every three cancers in the United States, one of those cancers is caused by cigarette smoking."

Despite new the health risks, some Texomans said it's not enough to break their habit.  Anthony Eaden, a longtime smoker. said he has been smoking cigarettes since the age of 12.

"It was a friend of mine I ran into and he was smoking he just offered me one and I just hit it too and it just started from there."

Eaden is now 47-years-old with no intentions on quitting.  However, he said his wife has been smoke-free for a year now.
 
"It's harder for some people to quit than it is others," said Eaden.

While it may be hard to quit, Aaron Merito, a smoker, said its not that hard to get addicted.  Aaron Merito is the stepson of Anthony Eaden and said all it took was to see his dad smoke to peak his curiosity. 

"My dad he'd smoke around me and thought it would be a cool idea.  One day I picked it up a cigarette smoked it and from there on I continued smoking," said Merito.  

It's a habit he said he wishes he never would have picked up.  Especially now with the new addition to his family, a child. 

"Right now I'm trying to stop smoking," said Merito.

He said once he accomplishes that, he is going to make sure that his child does not make the same mistake as him.

"One thing I'm going to try and teach my kid not to do, don't pick up cigarettes.  It ain't fun," said Merito.

Jimmie Johnson, Newschannel 6
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