2014 Surgeon General's Report: The Health Consequences of Smoking—50 Years of Progress
- Let’s Make the Next Generation Tobacco-Free: Your Guide to the 50th Anniversary Surgeon General’s Report on Smoking and Health [PDF–36.6 MB]
A short, easy-to-read booklet that summarizes historical information on changes in smoking norms since the release of the first Surgeon General's Report in January 1964, new findings on causes, and solutions.
- Hagamos que la próxima generación esté libre de tabaco. Su guía para el 50.o aniversario del informe de la Dirección General de Servicios de Salud sobre el tabaquismo y la salud [PDF–1.6 MB]
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These fact sheets have been created for public health officials and others, and provide information taken from Surgeon General’s Reports about smoking and its connection to specific diseases and health conditions, such as cancer, diabetes and cardiovascular disease. There are also fact sheets addressing smoking risks for particular population groups, such as women, youth, and men and women concerned about reproductive health. The fact sheet “What You Need To Know About Smoking” also includes tips for smokers who want to quit.
Women and Smoking [PDF–745 KB]
Smoking and Youth [PDF–399 KB]
Smoking and Respiratory Diseases [PDF–717 KB]
Smoking and Reproduction [PDF–737 KB]
Smoking and Overall Health [PDF–847 KB]
Smoking and Diabetes [PDF–835 KB]
Smoking and Cardiovascular Disease [PDF–296 KB]
Smoking and Cancer [PDF–829 KB]
What You Need To Know About Smoking [PDF–812 KB]
When Smoking Affects Your Family, It’s Personal
Virtually everybody we know has a friend or relative who has died from tobacco use or have had their family’s lives unalterably changed as a result of tobacco. Many advocates of the tobacco control community are motivated by their own personal stories related to the health consequences or loss of loved one due to tobacco. This video explores some of those personal stories in honor of the 2014 Surgeon General’s Report on Smoking and Health.
It’s Personal Vignette - Benjamin
During her tenure as Surgeon General of the United States, Dr. Regina Benjamin released two Surgeon General’s Reports on smoking and health. For her, the impact of smoking has always been much more than clinical – it’s personal. Virtually everybody we know has a friend or relative who has died from tobacco use or have had their family’s lives unalterably changed as a result of tobacco Dr. Benjamin shares how smoking has impacted her family.
It’s Personal Vignette - Staples
Virtually everybody we know has a friend or relative who has died from tobacco use or have had their family’s lives unalterably changed as a result of tobacco. This includes Ann Staples from the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services. In honor of the 2014 Surgeon General’s Report on Smoking and Health, she’s sharing her personal story. Learn how her mother’s smoking lead to severe consequences to her health and her career.
Tobacco Use Epidemic in the U.S.: Is 50 Years of Progress Enough?
The landmark report released by the ninth Surgeon General, Dr. Luther Terry, laid the foundation for tobacco control efforts in the U.S. Through the efforts of tobacco control professionals, advocates, and researchers the work has continued to move forward. Acting Surgeon General Dr. Boris D. Lushniak discusses the progress of tobacco control and the work still to be done to end tobacco-related disease and death.
Unequal Opportunity Killer
Cigarette smoking has devastating effects on health and it is an unequal opportunity killer. People with lower-incomes and less education, and certain racial and ethnic minorities are more likely to smoke, so they bear a bigger share of the disease burden caused by the tobacco use epidemic. In conversations with several leaders in tobacco control, this video shines a spotlight on this health disparity, how it developed, and how tobacco companies have contributed.
Surgeon General’s Reports – Why They Matter
This video highlights key findings from the previous 31 Surgeon General reports that advanced the tobacco control movement, and sheds light on important health issues such as disparities, causal links to various diseases, exposure to secondhand smoke, and indoor smoking, among others.
Smoking Within the LGBT Community
Smoking is the largest preventable cause of disease and death in the United States. Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Americans smoke at much higher rates than average, so they suffer more smoking-related death and illness. In this video, Dr. Scout, director of the Network for LGBT Health Equity at CenterLink, talks about what smoking does to LGBT health, including the tobacco industry’s long history in marketing to the LGBT community.
5.6 Million Children PSA
A new public service announcement (PSA) designed to educate adults about the long-term impact of tobacco use on this nation's future—its youth.The PSA points out that 5.6 million children alive today will ultimately die early from smoking if we do not do more to reduce current smoking rates.
Tips Campaign Changed Their Lives
This video features Tips ad participants Terrie Hall, Brandon Carmichael and Roosevelt Smith, discussing their experiences during and after the Tips campaign.
The Way Things Were
Over the past 50 years, the social acceptability of smoking has declined significantly; this is a keystone accomplishment of the tobacco control movement. This video explores the importance of social norm change as a primary strategy for improving public health by reducing smoking rates.
Changing Social Norms to Reduce the Acceptability of Smoking
Madeleine Solomon of Emory University and the Tobacco Technical Assistance Consortium examines the social and policy changes that have affected tobacco use by reducing acceptability of smoking.
Clear the Air
The Minnesota Lawsuit:The Gift that Keeps on Giving
Doug Blanke is director of the Tobacco Control Legal Consortium, and works to reduce tobacco use nationwide. He was part of a lawsuit that forced the tobacco industry to turn over millions of pages of documents showing how they targeted children in their marketing, hid data on the dangers of smoking, and misled the American public about their products.
Confronting Ceremonial Tobacco Use among Native American Tribes
American Indians have the largest prevalence of smoking among population groups. In this podcast, Dr. Patricia Nez Henderson, Vice President, Black Hills Center for American Indian Health, discusses the importance of educating tribal people that cigarettes are not traditional. She and other tribal support centers are working to end commercial tobacco use among American Indians.
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50th Anniversary Report on Smoking and Health
Fifty years after the first report, the 2014 Surgeon General’s Report on Smoking and Health reveals new details about the dangers of smoking as well as strategies to curtail the tobacco use epidemic.
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