New Surgeon General's report on smoking marks 50 years of fighting tobacco
MINNEAPOLIS, Jan. 17, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, the U.S. Surgeon General's Office will release a new report on smoking and health. The report, which comes 50 years after the first ever Surgeon General's report on smoking, will cover the history of tobacco use over the last half-century, share new findings on health effects from smoking and discuss how to end the continuing tobacco use epidemic.
Released on January 11, 1964, the original Surgeon General's report on smoking and health linked smoking with lung cancer and heart disease for the first time. The report is credited with beginning decades of public health efforts to reduce tobacco use in this country. According to a study in the Journal of the American Medical Association, those efforts have added almost 20 years of longevity to the lives of 8 million Americans by preventing tobacco use and helping individuals quit.