WASHINGTON (WKOW) -- It's estimated that the lives of eight million people were saved over the past 50-years since the government declared that smoking was bad for your health.
A new Yale study says, although anti-smoking efforts have made an impact, between 17 and 18 million people died of tobacco-related causes since the first U.S. Surgeon General's report on the harmful effects of smoking cigarettes.
The study found, on average, that not smoking adds 19 or 20 years to a human life.
The study also says nearly a fifth of adults in the U.S. continue to smoke.
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