Did you know that since 1964, the number of adults who smoke in the U.S. has dropped by half? However, there is still work to be done to eradicate smoking and stop the effects it has on the health of many Americans – people who smoke and people who breathe the smoke that other people release. Fifty years after the release of the first Surgeon General’s Report on Smoking and Health, remarkable progress has been made. Unfortunately, tobacco use remains the leading preventable cause of disease, disability, and death in the United States.
Today, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) unveiled “The Health Consequences of Smoking—50 Years of Progress: A Report of the Surgeon General.” The report highlights major accomplishments in tobacco prevention and control over the past 50 years, presents new data on the health consequences of smoking, and discusses approaches that can potentially end the tobacco epidemic.
Reflecting on 50 Years of Progress
The landmark report that the Surgeon General in 1964 released laid the foundation for modern tobacco control efforts. Through the efforts of tobacco control professionals, advocates, and researchers, the work has continued to move forward. Learn about the progress of tobacco control in the 50th Anniversary on Smoking and Health Video and Podcast series, featuring interviews from key leaders in the fight against tobacco, and through CDC Tobacco Free on Twitter.
To help end the tobacco epidemic, HUD and health advocates developed and launched a new set of tools on HUD’s smoke-free toolkits webpage. The toolkits encourage and guide private owners of federally assisted multifamily housing, and public housing agencies to adopt smoke-free policies to protect residents from the dangers of second-hand smoke and to reduce property maintenance costs. The HUD Offices of Healthy Homes and Lead Hazard Control, Public and Indian Housing, and Multifamily Housing have also issued guidance promoting the benefits of smoke free housing. So far, over 420 Public Housing Authorities have adopted some form of smoke free policy, protecting over 155,000 families.
You can be a part of the effort to help reduce the dangers of tobacco use:
- Visit HUD’s smoke-free toolkits webpage for more information on how housing providers and residents can implement smoke-free housing.
- Find resources to help promote the anniversary.
- Contact the CDC at Info2014SGR50@CDC.gov if you have general questions or want to share your plans for promoting this anniversary. To receive updates about the 2014 Surgeon General’s Report on Smoking and Health, send a message to the above address with “subscribe” in the subject line.