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50th Anniversary - Surgeon General Report

On January 11, 1964, the Surgeon General released the first report on smoking and its effects on health. The report concluded that smoking was a cause of lung cancer and chronic bronchitis. In addition, the report also laid the ground work for many of the policies that helped reduce tobacco’s impact on our nation. Cigarette advertisements were restricted, warning labels were included on packages of cigarettes and the industry was placed under closer scrutiny. Much progress has been made in the last 50 years, but more work needs to be done. For more information on what Minnesota is doing to reduce tobacco’s impact – visit