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TRENTON, N.J. May 27 – Surgeon General Richard Carmona, MD honored REBEL (Reaching Everyone By Exposing Lies), the youth component of New Jersey’s Comprehensive Tobacco Control Program (CTCP), during his presentation of the 28th Surgeon General’s Report titled, The Health Consequences of Smoking, 2004. Dr. Carmona presented the report findings at the National Press Club in
The newly released Health Consequences of Smoking, 2004, concludes that smoking causes disease in nearly every organ of the body and at every stage of life. Since most lifelong smokers begin when they are young, Dr. Carmona emphasized the importance of engaging young people in the struggle to prevent their peers from ever starting to smoke. During his remarks, he cited
“The Surgeon General has just released the most comprehensive report ever issued on the health risks of tobacco use,” said New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services Commissioner Clifton R. Lacy, M.D. “If current trends continue, 168,000
At the invitation of the Surgeon General’s office, Rachi Govil, a founding member of REBEL and national teen anti-tobacco advocate, attended the press conference as the youth representative for the
"The New Jersey REBEL program is one of the most dynamic youth-led anti-tobacco movements in our country. REBEL students use their energy and imagination to create new and effective ways to educate their peers that smoking is harmful and not "cool," Dr. Carmona noted.
Ms. Govil, a 20-year-old
“REBEL focuses on educating
REBEL is just one of many initiatives sponsored by NJDHSS and funded with money from the increase in
The 28th report of the Surgeon General expanded the list of diseases caused by smoking to include abdominal aortic aneurysm, cataract, periodontitis, acute myeloid leukemia, and cancers of the cervix, kidney, pancreas, and stomach. The report also found that smoking has other damaging effects on health, including loss of bone mass, risk of fractures, erectile dysfunction, eye diseases, and peptic ulcers. To view a complete report, visit www.surgeongeneral.gov.
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