The United States surgeon general reported that cigarettes cause lung cancer.
The U.S. Surgeon Generalís first Smoking and Health report marked its 50-year anniversary Saturday.
Led by then Surgeon General Luther Terry with the help of an advisory committee, the 1964 landmark report linked smoking cigarettes with dangerous health effects, including lung cancer and heart disease. After consulting more than 7,000 articles about cigarette smoking, the committee concluded smoking was a cause of lung and laryngeal cancer in men, a probable cause of lung cancer in women and the most important cause of chronic bronchitis.