50th Anniversary of the Surgeon General's Smoking and Health Report

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the 1964 Surgeon General’s Report on Smoking and Health. This landmark publication found a definitive, causal link between smoking and lung cancer in men, and, along with the subsequent reports, spurred a series of important public health initiatives that have stemmed the tide of tobacco-related death and disease in the United States. The AACR is proud to have contributed to the accumulating body of scientific research demonstrating the deleterious health effects of tobacco use. Since 1964, AACR journals have published over 2,000 primary research and review articles relevant to understanding the impact of tobacco on health. The AACR has also been strong proponent of comprehensive, evidence-based tobacco control programs, and we celebrate the enormous progress that has been made against the scourge of tobacco over the last 50 years. We must not, however, lose sight of the work that lies ahead. According to the 2014 Surgeon General’s Report, The Health Consequences of Smoking—50 Years of Progress, nearly 20 percent of Americans still smoke and more than 480,000 die prematurely each year as a result of their addiction. As a community, we must do more to end the tobacco epidemic. The AACR looks forward to working with researchers, clinicians, advocates, and policy makers to make the next generation tobacco-free.

AACR Tobacco and Cancer Subcommittee

The Tobacco and Cancer Subcommittee of the AACR’s Science Policy and Government Affairs Committee was created to foster scientific and policy initiatives to reduce the incidence of disease and mortality due to tobacco use.

Subcommittee Members


Policy Statements

AACR Press Releases Related to Tobacco and Cancer

Relevant AACR Journal Articles

AACR Conferences Related to Tobacco and Cancer

AACR Annual Meeting 2014

  • Educational Session: Advancing Tobacco Regulatory Science: Meet Experts in FDA’s Center for Tobacco Products
  • Science Policy Session: Honoring the 50th Anniversary Surgeon General’s Report: The Health Consequences of Smoking—50 Years of Progress

Historical Perspective: Tobacco and Cancer*

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