U.S. smoking warning made history, saved lives

Surgeon General report on smoking 50 years ago was able to change minds, save lives.

Health advocates are marking the 50th anniversary of the 1964 Surgeon General report on smoking with a call for more aggressive action to protect people from tobacco.

That landmark report, along with subsequent Surgeon General reports on the addictive power of nicotine and the dangers of secondhand smoke, led to a sea change in the country’s attitude toward tobacco. Smoking rates have dropped by 59%, and many communities now ban smoking in public places.

No other single report has had this large of an effect on public health, says Thomas Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. <FULL STORY>

(Related) ANTI-SMOKING EFFORTS: Saved millions of lives

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10 Good Reasons To Quit Smoking For The New Year

10 good reasons to quit smoking for the New Year

10 You can save money
9 You won’t have to stand out in the cold (or wind) to smoke at work
8 You car, clothes, hair, house…just about everything…will smell better
7 You won’t have to pop a breath mint to kiss someone
6 You can forget about yellow stains on your fingers
5 You’ll have fewer burn holes in your clothes and furniture
4 You mouth won’t taste like an ashtray in the morning
3 You can improve your health
2 You could reduce you rates on insurance policies

THE NUMBER 1 REASON YOU SHOULD QUIT SMOKING THIS NEW YEAR:

For yourself, your family, and your friends.

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