January 2014 marks the 50th anniversary of the U.S. Surgeon General’s first comprehensive report on the dangers of tobacco. That landmark document signaled the start of the nation's public health campaign against tobacco and its health consequences.
After five decades of anti-tobacco efforts, it’s fair to ask “How far have we come?”
“We’re fifty years down the line,” says Alan Woodward, M.D., chairman of Tobacco Free Mass, “and still these products are the number one cause of preventable death and chronic illness in this country.”