“Everyone knows cigarette smoking is bad for you. Most people in the US assume that smoking is on its way out. But the grim reality is that smoking still exerts an enormous toll on the health of Americans, as documented in two articles in the Jan 24th issue of New England Journal of Medicine”. Both articles review mortality trends over time for men and women according to smoking status, and both confirm that smoking remains a huge threat to the public health. Click here to read full text.