Medicine: More Smoke

New Surgeon General's report

The 1964 Surgeon General's report, Smoking and Health, was a 387-page bombshell that linked cigarette smoking to lung cancer, heart disease and other ailments. It also prompted many smokers to quit, led to the posting of health warnings on cigarette packs, and inspired Congress to ban cigarette ads from the air waves. Last week, on the 15th anniversary of the document's release, Surgeon General Julius B. Richmond issued a new report on smoking. As Richmond's, boss. Health, Education and Welfare Secretary Joseph A. Califano Jr., writes in a foreword, the second study provides "overwhelming" proof "that cigarette smoking...

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