1964 was an important year for America. It brought us not only the Beatles, but also the Surgeon General's first report on the dangers of smoking. In recognition of the 50th anniversary of the original report, a new report has been issued to review the progress we've made:
report reveals that in 1964, 42% of the adult population smoked. In
2014 that number has dropped to 18%. Still, "5.6 million children alive
today will ultimately die early from smoking if we do not do more to
reduce current smoking rates." George Harrison died from lung cancer.
Let's hope the mega-talents of tomorrow will avoid the pitfalls of
smoking and survive to see the 50th anniversaries of their legendary