It’s laughable now that it took a 10-man special advisory committee to take 14 months to determine smoking is bad for you.
Then again, it was in an era when people could still smoke in movie theaters, when there were ashtrays on the armrest of seats in airplanes.
The panel’s report concluded: “Cigarette smoking is a health hazard of sufficient importance in the United States to warrant appropriate remedial action.”
But the tobacco lobby had friends in Congress, and that remedial action took decades to come about, despite the declaration by the surgeon general that there would be “no footdragging” by the government to impose steps to convince people that smoking was harmful to their health.
Fifty years later, government has done what it could to warn people of the dangers of taking up the habit. Yet people still do it.
You have to wonder why