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Reports and Publications

The Surgeon General of the Public Health Service has focused the Nation's attention on important public health issues.

Surgeon General Reports are comprehensive scientific review documents on significant and relevant public health topics using the best available, current evidence. They are prepared by experts on behalf of the Surgeon General and are often landmark scientific publications that identify and shape the science and culture of a priority public health topic.

Surgeon General Calls to Action are science-based summary documents intended to stimulate action nationwide to solve an urgent public health problem. Calls to Actions provide recommended actions along with implementation strategies for sectors to take to reverse trends. Surgeon General’s advisories are public statements, on a public health issue, that provide evidence-based recommendations to the public.

Reports of the Surgeon General on the adverse health consequences of smoking triggered nationwide efforts to prevent tobacco use. Reports and other publications on HIV/AIDS, mental health, substance use disorders, nutrition, and violence —to name but a few—have heightened America's awareness of important public health issues and generated major public health initiatives.

Recent Publications

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