Effectiveness Of Surgeon General 's Smoking And Health Report

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Effectiveness of Surgeon General’s Smoking and Health Report In the early sixties it was quite uncommon for Americans to not smoke cigarettes. In fact, it was considered fashionable and done everywhere, with no restrictions. People were not concerned or necessarily aware of the health risks. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that about sixty-six percent of Americans over the age of eighteen smoked cigarettes regularly, this did not include the large amount of teenagers under eighteen who also commonly smoked cigarettes. The tobacco industry was far from the “bad guy”. They were endorsed by doctors, dentists, athletes, and celebrities and even sponsored many popular game shows and cartoons. Shortly after Luther L. Terry was appointed the position of Surgeon General of the United States in 1961 he began to establish the Surgeon General’s Advisory Committee on Smoking and Health. Interestingly enough, the tobacco industry was actually allowed to veto any member the Surgeon General selected if they believed that person did not have an unbiased view on the issue of smoking and health. So, Terry was forced to select a group of scientists who had never publicly expressed an opinion about the relationship between tobacco and health before; in fact, over half of the members were regular cigarette smokers. This committee looked over more than 7,000 scientific articles over the span of about fourteen months. They finally released their conclusions to…

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