Surgeon General’s Reports on Smoking and Tobacco Use

Smoking Cessation: A Report of the Surgeon General superimposed on images of people

On January 11, 1964, Luther L. Terry, M.D., Surgeon General of the United States, released Smoking and Health: Report of the Advisory Committee of the Surgeon General of the Public Health Service. This was the first in the series that is now generally referred to as the Surgeon General’s reports. Smoking Cessation: A Report of the Surgeon General is the 34th tobacco-related Surgeon General’s report published since 1964. In 1990, the Surgeon General issued the first report that focused on the health benefits of smoking cessation. The 2020 report highlights the latest scientific evidence on the health benefits of quitting smoking, as well as proven treatments and strategies to help people successfully quit smoking.