The FDA: the dangers of tobacco use

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Tobacco use is the leading preventable cause of disease, disability and death in the United States. The FDA is launching a national campaign aimed at preventing kids from ever lighting up.

Phil and Penny spoke with Dr. Margaret Hamburg, who is a  FDA Commissioner on spearheading this campaign:

Tobacco use is the leading preventable cause of disease, disability and death in the United States, causing more than 480,000 deaths each year. Nearly 90 percent of established adult smokers smoked their first cigarette by age 18, making early intervention critical. And each day, more than 3,200 youth in the United States try their first cigarette and more than 700 teens become daily smokers.

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