The United States 50 years ago seems like a society filled with completely different people. The culture back then was very different than today, from the cars we drove and jargon used to ideas held on public health. 50 years ago, people didn’t know the true harm tobacco has on smokers and the people around them. So what led to this change?
In 1964, the Surgeon General released a report on smoking and health. This report was the first of its kind and detailed the dangers of tobacco and linked smoking to lung cancer and heart disease. Although it took a lot of time and work to change the social norm of the smoking culture of the past, this report was a hot button issue and still is today.
A new Surgeon General’s Report, The Health Consequences of Smoking – 50 Years of Progress, was just released 2 weeks ago. This new report finds that although there has been progress, 20 million Americans have died due to tobacco in the past 50 years. And 2.5 million of these deaths were among nonsmokers who were exposed to secondhand smoke. Another shocking fact found in the report is that tobacco is even deadlier and more addictive than it was 50 years ago because of the increased amount of nicotine put into tobacco products today. Read More