Medicine: A Not-So-Happy Anniversary

The Surgeon General's report on smoking raises new worries

Many people look back on Jan. 11, 1964, as a pivotal date in their lives. On that day U.S. Surgeon General Luther Terry warned about the deadly dangers of tobacco in a blockbuster report. Frightened smokers promptly resolved to give up the habit; some scared souls stubbed out cigarettes on the spot. Last week the Federal Government marked the 25th anniversary of that first alarm with a new Surgeon General's report that charts the progress in the war against tobacco. The past quarter-century has seen "a revolution in smoking behavior," declared C. Everett Koop, the current Surgeon General. "In the 1940s...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!