Surgeon General Reports

​Surgeon General Reports


In 1964, Luther Terry, MD, Surgeon General of the US Public Health Service, released the nation's very first Surgeon General's Report on tobacco. This landmark report concluded that smoking cigarettes is a cause of lung cancer, and the most important cause of chronic bronchitis. This report sparked much conversation, and went on to be labeled one of the top news stories of 1964.

While significant progress has been made in the fight against tobacco, there is still a long road ahead. New technologies are being discovered each day, and those technologies play into making tobacco products more appealing and readily available. The Surgeon General plays a vital role in keeping the public informed of the health consequences of tobacco, and of the harm these new products can cause.

Recent Reports

2016- E-Cigarette Use Among Youth and Young Adults

In December 2016, the first Surgeon General Report on electronic cigarettes was released. The report detailed the rapid increase in use of e-cigarettes among youth and young adults, explored the health effects of use and exposure, and suggested evidence-based interventions to protect youth.

2014— The Health Consequences of Smoking— 50 Years of Progress
In January 1964, the first Surgeon General Report about the health effects of tobacco was released. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Surgeon General office have prepared some information and resources to commemorate this event and help spread the message Dr. Terry worked to convey 50 years ago.

The report highlights major accomplishments in tobacco prevention and control over the past 50 years, presents new data on the health consequences of smoking, and discusses scenarios that can potentially end the tobacco epidemic in the United States.

2012— Preventing Tobacco Use among Youth and Young Adults 
This report, focused on youth and young adults, discusses the sensitivity of young people to the addictive nature of nicotine, and how industry marketing makes that happen- including use of tobacco imagery in the media.

For more Surgeon General reports on tobacco, visit the Surgeon General Reports
Web site.

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