Tobacco products have been around for centuries, but it was not until 1964 that a ground breaking report issued by the US Surgeon General brought attention to smoking’s health risks. Americans soon learned that smoking caused lung cancer and increased a person’s risk of stroke, emphysema, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and asthma.
As a result of the report, anti-smoking campaigns pushed for the development of policies and practices to address tobacco use to reduce morbidity and mortality. State Attorney Generals researched suing cigarette manufacturers to recover medical costs for sick and dying cigarette smokers. In the landmark Master Settlement Agreement (MSA), the four largest cigarette manufacturers in America were forced to pay billions of dollars annually. They also faced significant prohibitions and restrictions on tobacco advertising, marketing, and promotional campaigns. Despite this progress, today’s youth are facing an epidemic health risk-vaping.To continue reading this article visit page 6 (with subscription).To continue reading this article visit page 6 (without subscription).