How Has Smoking In the USA Changed Since 1964


Fifty years ago on January 11, the surgeon general released a report which showed a link between smoking and disease, which changed totally the attitude towards tobacco.

Social pressures against smoking resulted in regulation by government, thus smoking now is banned in bars and restaurants in a number od American states.

Since the release of report people changed their attitude towards smoking and today in the USA smoking rate has dropped by half. Experts say that almost 8 million lives were saved.

Surgeon General Boris D. Lushniak said that on January 11 we celebrated 50 years from the first surgeon general’s report on smoking effects on human’s health. It was Luther Terry who made it. It played a big role in understanding the importance of making a research and today people are familiar enough about the effects of tobacco use on human body.

Since 1964 the label “Surgeon General’s Warning” on tobacco products forever connects people with the Surgeon General. It was estimated that 50 years of struggle against smoking resulted in 50% drop in America’s smoking rate.

The Journal of the American Medical Association released the next important data about smoking:
– About 23%of adult males and about 18% of adult females smoke.
– About 60% of American kids aged 4 – 11 are exposed to secondhand smoke at home.
– 90% of lung cancer in males is connected to smoking and 80% of lung cancer in females is caused by cigarettes.
–  On average, smokers die 13 to 14 years earlier than nonsmokers.
–  The greatest number of smokers are between the ages of 25 and 44.
–  Since 1965, more than 45% of smokers have quit.

American Heart Association estimated that most smokers began to smoke in their teenage. Regretably, young people don’t quite realize the dangers of smoking.

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