Over the next two years, the committee reviewed 7,000 scientific studies and consulted with 150 experts. In 1964, the Smoking and Health: Report of the Advisory Committee to the Surgeon General was issued at a press conference. The report concluded that smoking causes lung cancer and correlates with an increased risk of bronchitis, emphysema, and heart disease. In addition, the report noted a correlation between smoking during pregnancy and low birth weights.
|The U.S. Surgeon General Luther Terry addressing press conference |
at the release of the 1964 Report on Smoking and Health
|1998 anti-smoking campaign poster from the |
Centers for Disease Control
Many individuals and organizations, governmental and otherwise, have contributed to the decline in tobacco use since 1964 Report on Smoking and Health, but we can point to the publication of this document as seminal in United States history.
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“History of the Surgeon General's Reports on Smoking and Health.” Smoking and Tobacco Use. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Komaroff, Anthony. “Surgeon General’s 1964 report: making smoking history.” Harvard Health Publications. Harvard Medical School.
Legacy Tobacco Documents Library. University of California, San Francisco.
Morales, Lymari. “Most Americans Consider Smoking Very Harmful.” Gallup News.
“The Reports of the Surgeon General: The 1964 Report on Smoking and Health.” Profiles in Science. National Library of Science.
“Tobacco.” Initiatives. Surgeon General.Gov.
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