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Sept 2, 1968

Smoking and Health

JAMA. 1968;205(10):695. doi:10.1001/jama.1968.03140360055014

Five years ago, AMA's House of Delegates established an educational campaign to discourage use of toxic materials—including tobacco—especially by young people.

This step was taken seven months before an Advisory Committee to the Surgeon General of the Public Health Service concluded in a 1964 report that "cigarette smoking is a health hazard of sufficient importance in the United States to warrant appropriate remedial action."

Following that report, the House of Delegates said in a statement of policy that there is "a significant relationship between cigarette smoking and the incidence of lung cancer and certain other diseases, and cigarette smoking is a serious health hazard."

Lack of success of anti-smoking campaigns in other countries led the Delegates to conclude that the acquisition of further experimental data would be needed to convince both the public and the profession. The House then urged the support of further research on problems of tobacco and