And Americans continue to die from smoking-related lung cancer, experts note.
Dangerous myths about tobacco persist 50 years after the U.S. Surgeon General first warned Americans about the harm caused by smoking, experts say.
The first Surgeon General’s Report on smoking and health was released in January 1964.
“Since 1964, smoking rates have dropped by more than half as a result of successful education, legislative and smoking cessation efforts. Still, lung cancer remains the number one cancer killer and the leading preventable cause of death in the United States,” Dr. Lewis Foxhall, vice president for health policy at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, said in a center news release.