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2014 Surgeon General Report on Smoking and Health

The 2014 release of the 32nd Surgeon General Report (SGR) on Smoking and Health is a comprehensive look at changes in the tobacco landscape over the last 50 years and contains three sections:

  • Historical information and trends
  • Health consequences
  • Tracking and Ending the Epidemic

Fifty years after the release of the first Surgeon General's report on smoking and health, remarkable progress has been made.  Since 1964, smoking prevalence among U.S. adults has been reduced by half. Unfortunately, tobacco use remains the leading preventable cause of disease, disability, and death in the United States. In January 2014, the Surgeon General released the 50th anniversary SGR on smoking and health. It highlights 50 years of progress in tobacco control and prevention, presents new data on the health consequences of tobacco use, and details initiatives that can end the tobacco use epidemic in the U.S. VIEW THE FULL REPORT

Your GUIDE to the 50th Annivesary Surgeon General's Report on Smoking & Health

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Interesting SGR Facts

  • Per capita consumption of cigarettes, which had been rising steadily throughout the 1950s, reaches its peak in 1963. Three months after the Surgeon General’s report was issued, per capita consumption decrease by almost 15%, although many smokers subsequently relapse.
  • The first SGR on smoking & health linked smoking to lung cancer; 31 more have linked it to cancer in nearly every organ of the body.
  • Since the first SGR was released in 1964, smoking rates in the US have been cut in half, from 42.7% to 18.1%.
  • Communities that restrict tobacco sales & advertising near schools have lower teen smoking rates.
  • Cigarette smoke contains 7000+ chemicals. There is no safe cigarette and no safe level of exposure to secondhand smoke.
  • Tobacco smoke is one of the major causes of heart disease & stroke.
  • There is no safe level of secondhand smoke exposure, yet more than 50% of US children ages 3-19 are exposed to it.
  • The real cost of smoking is staggering - $193 billion/yr in US for direct med costs & lost productivity.
  • Cigarettes are designed for addiction. Today’s cigarettes deliver nicotine stronger & faster than ever before.

Further Facts on Smoking

Social Media Resources
Follow the release of the 50th Anniversary Surgeon General’s Report on Smoking and Health via social media. Stay updated on news and featured content with Twitter. Follow the Surgeon General and CDC Tobacco Free on Twitter for updates and new content.-follow the conversation and use #SGReport in your tweets

Additional Resources
Surgeon General’s Perspectives

Historical Tobacco Media 

Public Service Announcements

PowerPoint Slides
50th Anniversary Surgeon General’s Report on Smoking and Health

50th Anniversary of the Reports of the Surgeon General Exhibit
This new historical exhibit shows the history of the Office of the Surgeon General as well as the events that led up to the 1964 report of the Surgeon General, Smoking and Health: Report of the Advisory Committee to the Surgeon General of the United States. Additional sections of this exhibit show Surgeon Generals over time and include key reports on smoking and health.

This exhibit is available for educational purposes and can be made available for tobacco related conferences, seminars, etc. It can be set up as a 20 ft. walk-around, as separate 10ft sections, or as one 40ft wall. To learn more about this and other tobacco exhibits please contact Travis Poole at  For more images of the exhibit go to


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