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Video and Podcast Series: Reflecting on 50 Years of Progress

The landmark report released by the ninth Surgeon General, Dr. Luther Terry, laid the foundation for tobacco control efforts in the U.S. 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.  This series celebrates the progress made—and the work still to be done—to end tobacco-related disease and death


The Way Things Were

This video examines changes in social norms and its impact on smoking prevalence.

Changing Social Norms to Reduce the Acceptability of Smoking

This video features Madeleine Solomon, Tobacco Technical Assistance Consortium, Emory University, discussing major changes in social acceptability of tobacco use.

Public Service Announcement - 5.6 Million Children

A public service announcement (PSA) designed to educate adults about the long-term impact of tobacco use on this nation’s future – its youth. The PSA points out that 5.6 million children alive today will ultimately die early from smoking if we do not do more to reduce current smoking rates.


Tips Campaign Changed Their Lives

Tips From Former Smokers campaign ad participants, Terrie Hall, Brandon Carmichael and Roosevelt Smith, discussing their experiences during and after the campaign.


Confronting Ceremonial Tobacco Use among Native American Tribes

Dr. Patricia Nez Henderson, Vice President,Black Hills Center for American Indian Health in South Dakota

American Indians have the largest prevalence of smoking among population groups.  In this podcast, Dr. Patricia Nez Henderson, Vice President, Black Hills Center for American Indian Health, discusses the importance of educating tribal people that cigarettes are not traditional.  She and other tribal support centers are working to end commercial tobacco use among American Indians. 

speaker iconConfronting Ceremonial Tobacco Use among Native American Tribes  Transcript  

Clearing the Air

Cynthia Hallett, Executive Director, Americans for Nonsmokers’ Rights

In this podcast, Cynthia Hallett, Executive Director of  Americans for Nonsmokers’ Rights, talks about her sense of urgency to clear the air of secondhand smoke so everyone is equally protected from the negative health effects caused by smoking in the workplace.

speaker iconClearing the Air  Transcript  

Get Involved

Leading up to the 50th Anniversary of the Surgeon General’s Report on Smoking and Health, the Office of the Surgeon General is sharing highlights from the last 50 years of tobacco control efforts. You can be a part of the effort to share information on the dangers of tobacco use.  Find resources to help promote the anniversary