January 8, 2014

Tobacco Control Progress and Potential

Author Affiliations
  • 1Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia

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JAMA. 2014;311(2):133-134. doi:10.1001/jama.2013.284534

The 1964 surgeon general’s report on the health harms of smoking “hit the country like a bombshell.”1 More than 40% of US adults smoked, and smoking was accepted and considered normal behavior. Today, the US adult smoking rate is around 18%2 and about half of Americans are protected from secondhand smoke in workplaces.3

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