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Fiftieth Anniversary of the Surgeon General’s Report on Smoking and Health

Today, it is nearly unthinkable for someone to light a cigarette at his or her desk in the office, in a restaurant while at dinner, or on an airplane between coasts. Yet in 1964, more than 40 percent of American adults were smokers who lit up as they pleased. That began to change on January 11, 1964.  Tomorrow celebrates the fiftieth anniversary of the first Surgeon General’s Report on Smoking and Health. The report, a landmark in the history of American public health, was the first to link smoking directly to critical health issues like lung cancer and heart disease. It quickly became the cornerstone upon which anti-smoking efforts were built across the country. Please click the chart or here for a larger image.