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Measuring the Health Impact of Smoking and Health Care Providers' Performance in Addressing the Problem

Ronald M. Davis, MD
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From Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, Henry Ford Health System, Detroit, MI 48202-3450.


Disclosure: Dr. Davis is a member of the American Medical Association's Board of Trustees and the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations' Board of Commissioners.

Potential Financial Conflicts of Interest: None disclosed.

Requests for Single Reprints: Ronald M. Davis, MD, Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, Henry Ford Health System, One Ford Place, 5C, Detroit, MI 48202-3450; e-mail, rdavis1@hfhs.org.


Ann Intern Med. 2006;144(6):444-446. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-144-6-200603210-00013
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In the preface to the 1990 U.S. Surgeon General's report on the health benefits of smoking cessation, U.S. Surgeon General Antonia C. Novello stated that “smoking represents the most extensively documented cause of disease ever investigated in the history of biomedical research” (1). Since then, the evidence on the dangers of smoking has continued to grow, and U.S. Surgeon General Richard H. Carmona issued a 941-page report in 2004 that summarized the voluminous literature on the myriad ways in which smoking affects every organ system in the body (2).

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