January 11, 1964

On January 11, 1964, after threats of lawsuits from the Tobacco Industry, US Surgeon General Luther Terry went ahead and issued the warning that smoking may be hazardous to a person’s health. He stated that smokers might get cancer and would get emphysema. Big Tobacco decided to take a page from the “Lead” Industry’s playbook and hired ‘experts’ to dispute the Surgeon General’s findings. It worked for about forty years.

About Joel Byers

Born in North Georgia and educated at some very fine public institutions. Real education started after graduating from college and then getting married and raising two boys. Has the ability to see the funny and absurd in most things and will always remark on it, even if it means getting the stink-eye from his victims.
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