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...

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