The 1964 Surgeon General’s Report on Smoking and Health
- In 1941, Drs. Alton Ochsner and Michael DeBakey published their observations on the relationship between smoking and lung cancer. For many years, they and the handful of outspoken physician opponents of cigarettes were met with indifference or ridicule within the medical profession, doubtless in part due to the fact that well into the 1950s more than two-thirds of doctors smoked.
- In 1964, the Report of the Advisory Committee to the Surgeon General on Smoking and Health reviewed the medical literature and summarized the devastating scientific case against smoking. The Surgeon General’s report concluded that cigarette smoking was the major cause of lung cancer in men and was causally related to laryngeal and oral cancer.
Surgeon General’s Report on Smoking and Health (14:19)
Video clip of press conference given by U.S. Surgeon General Luther Terry, MD, to announce the findings of the Report on Smoking and Health, which concluded that cigarette smoking was the main cause of lung cancer
January 11, 1964