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1964 Surgeon General Report on Smoking One of the most impactful press conferences ever held occurred on Saturday, January 11, 1964. On that date Luther L. Terry, the Surgeon General of the United States, announced conclusive medical proof that smoking was undeniably a public health hazard. The report was based on more than 7,000 scientific studies. One set of statistics quoted in Terry's report stated that smokers were 10 times more likely to be afflicted with lung cancer than non-smokers. (Heavy smokers were 20 times more likely.) The report also linked heart disease and emphysema to smoking. The historic press conference was deliberately held on a Saturday to minimize the effect on the stock market and to get maximum exposure in the major Sunday newspapers.
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Added: 10th October 2009
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Posted by: Lava1964 on 2009-10-10 
This report must have had a profound effect one me. I was born the day before it was held and I've never smoked a cigarette in my life.
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