Burned Out

The US Surgeon General’s report that linked cigarette smoking to poor health was a major public health milestone. That’s why the cigarette is one of our 100 Objects That Shaped Public Health.
 
When the 1964 report was released, more than 42% of American adults smoked. By 2014, that percentage dropped to fewer than 17%. Smoking is still the leading cause of preventable death in the US, but the numbers continue to go down.
 
Check GHN every Wednesday for an up-close look at one of the objects that made the list published by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

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