US is marking 50th anniversary of surgeon general report that turned the tide against smoking

  • Article by: MIKE STOBBE , Associated Press
  • Updated: January 4, 2014 - 2:00 PM

ATLANTA — Fifty years ago, ashtrays seemed to be on every table and desk. Athletes and even Fred Flintstone endorsed cigarettes in TV commercials. Smoke hung in the air in restaurants, offices and airplane cabins. More than 42 percent of U.S. adults smoked, and there was a good chance your doctor was among them.

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comment229Jan. 4, 14 2:12 PM

I never smoked because of several factors. Back then, there were severe athletics rules about smoking and penalties. I also saw the autopsy results of two people who had died, one from lung cancer where they showed the lungs of both. And if that is not enough to cure you, you can do what my father did... send a couple young kids to bring a present to one of his friends in the hospital and deliver it personally.... to a guy who was a day or two away from dying from emphysema.... Now, add the monetary cost to all this, and I have no idea why any young person, would even consider starting to smoke.

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comment229Jan. 4, 14 2:16 PM

PS.... I do believe I know why the government does drag its feet instead of just banning cigarettes. There are two reasons: one, the tobacco industry lobbyists, and two, the tax money that cigarettes generate.

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bradpantsJan. 4, 14 4:14 PM

If you want to read a cool book about how corporations are basically giant mechanized lie machines, go check out "The Cigarette Century," it's pretty much how a 200-year History book should be written

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plizzoJan. 4, 14 5:38 PM

While I believe it is ridiculous to ban smoking among consenting adults in bars, years ago smoking was far too prevalent. I remember my mother coming home from work reeking of cigarette smoke because smoking was allowed in the office. She had to breathe cigarette smoke every day in her office job. Watch old TV shows like Rockford Files, Kojak, Columbo, and more and see how they would smoke in offices, hospitals, public buildings, and even in private homes without asking. I like smoke-free air, but sometimes the law can go too far as it does banning smoking in bars. That said, if smoking is so unhealthy, why don't the politicians just ban it? Because it generates billions in tax revenue every year the politicians can then spend, steering it to their voters.

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