Fifty years ago, the U.S. Surgeon General released the first report on smoking and health. Since then, there have been an estimated 20 million deaths in the United States due to smoking or exposure to secondhand smoke—more than the population of the state of New York.
To illustrate the human toll of smoking, CDC’s Office on Smoking and Health (OSH) will be launching an online memorial using #20million on social media pages. This memorial honors those people—spouses, mothers, fathers, children, sisters, brothers, friends—who have lost their lives due to a smoking-related illness.
If you live in Shelby County, TN, we encourage you to also use #SCHD so the Shelby County Health Department can see YOUR story too!
You Can Participate—a message and/or a photo—of someone you know who has lost their life to a smoking-related disease. By posting your memorial on social media using #20million and #SCHD , your submission will become a part of CDC’s #20Million Memorial.
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