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50th Anniversary of the Surgeon General’s Report on Smoking and Health

Friday, January 3, 2014   (0 Comments)
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From the Acting Surgeon General:

January 2014 marks the 50th anniversary of the first Surgeon General's Report on Smoking and Health. We now know that smoking causes a host of cancers and other illnesses and is still the leading preventable cause of death in the United States (killing 440,000 people each year). The 1964 landmark report, released by Surgeon General Dr. Luther Terry, was the first to definitively link smoking with lung cancer and heart disease. As the first document to scientifically establish the link between smoking and ill health, this report laid the foundation for tobacco control efforts in the United States.

In the 50 years since the release of the first report, 30 additional Surgeon General's Reports have increased our knowledge and understanding of the devastating health and financial burdens caused by tobacco use. As we approach the anniversary of this groundbreaking report, the Office of the Surgeon General will be working to increase awareness of the lessons learned and the progress that has taken place during the last 50 years of tobacco control efforts. An important part of this effort is engaging existing tobacco control, public health, and wellness partners, and establishing partnerships with organizations new to our cause.

To that end, the Office of the Surgeon General, in partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Office on Smoking and Health, has developed a Web site with you in mind. The site contains downloadable materials such as, buttons and banners for your own Web sites, PowerPoint slides, press inserts, promotional tweets, fact sheets, and other resources to make your outreach efforts easy. More materials will be added to the site as they become available.

Please visit to view the resources and to sign up to receive email updates. We also invite you to contact us at INFO2014SGR50@CDC.GOV if you have general questions or want to share your plans for promoting this historic anniversary.

We look forward to working with you to commemorate the first Surgeon General's Report on Smoking and Health and to use this anniversary to help our future generations be tobacco-free.

Sincerely yours,

Boris D. Lushniak, M.D., M.P.H

Rear Admiral, U.S. Public Health Service

Acting Surgeon General

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