Smoking controls since 1964 surgeon general’s report saved 8 million lives, study says

Posted By: Staff | Jan 9 2014

Controls enacted since a U.S. surgeon general’s report on the health risks of smoking came out 50 years ago have extended the lives of 8 million Americans, according to a study Tuesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Surgeon General Luther Terry’s startling report, issued Jan. 11, 1964, linked smoking to lung cancer and heart disease and stated for the first time that smokers faced a 70 percent greater risk of death.

It spurred a public health campaign that grew to include warning labels on tobacco packages, bans on tobacco ads on television and radio, and laws restricting smoking, David Levy, a population scientist at Georgetown University and a co-author of the JAMA study

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