Washington, DC-Anti-smoking organizations from across the country have sent representatives to our nation's capital to celebrate the anniversary of the 1964 publication by United States Surgeon General Dr. Luther Leonidas Terry of a report announcing that smoking may be hazardous to health.
The report's findings, which represented the first time that the U.S. government voiced its opinion on the subject of smoking cigarretes, led to serious debate amongst experts and has been a source of controversy ever since. But to many, it was a large step in the right direction as it became the motivation for widespread anti-smoking initiatives such as the placement of warnings on all cigarrete packages beginning in 1965, and the complete ban of cigarrete advertising on television and radio since 1970.
But not everyone agrees that the report is deserving of celebratory remembrance, and some have even gathered to protest the event. "The 1964 Surgeon General's report was a travesty," retired internist William "Dub" McIlhenny explained. "Its biased and sensationalistic claims made it very difficult for physicians to prescribe their favorite brand of cigarettes to prevent throat irritation and chase away tiredness."