Landmark Report

Landmark Report

Terry issues the results of his committee’s findings in a landmark report, “Smoking and Health: Report of the Advisory Committee to the Surgeon General.” The report states that smoking increased mortality by 70 percent; that heavy smokers were 20 times more likely to develop lung cancer than nonsmokers; that smoking is correlated with emphysema; and that smoking during pregnancy reduces the weight of newborns. The report is issued on a Saturday to minimize its impact on the stock market, but as Terry recalls, it “hit the country like a bombshell. It was front-page news and a lead story on every radio and television station in the United States and many abroad.”1617

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