Tobacco Timeline


British Medical Journal Links Smoking & Lung Cancer

01/01/1954 - 01/02/1954

Richard Doll & A. Bradford Hill, publish an article in the British Medical Journal that confirms the link between smoking and lung cancer.

Surgeon General's Report Links Smoking to Lung Cancer

01/01/1964 - 01/02/1964

The first Surgeon General's report on smoking is published. Called Smoking and Health: Report of the Advisory Committee to the Surgeon General of the Public Health Service, this report recognized the proven link between smoking and lung cancer.

Health Warnings 1st Appear on Cigarette Packs

01/01/1966 - 01/02/1966

Health warnings first appear on cigarette packs in response to congressional legislation. The warnings read, "Caution-cigarette smoking may be hazardous to your health."

No Smoking on Domestic Flights of Less Than 2 Hours

01/01/1987 - 01/01/1988

Congress prohibits smoking on domestic flights of less than two hours. Takes effect in 1988.

Aspen, CO is 1st City in US to Require Smokefree Restaurants

01/01/1987 - 01/02/1987

Aspen, Colorado becomes the first city in the United States to require smokefree restaurants.

Tobacco Executives Falsely State Nicotine Not Addictive

01/01/1994 - 01/02/1994

7 tobacco company executives testify before Rep. Henry Waxman's (D-CA) congressional committee that they do not believe nicotine is addictive.

Nicotine Declared a Drug

01/01/1995 - 01/02/1995

In response to a letter fron the Amn. Lung Assoc. & its public health partners, the U S Food & Drug Administration asserts jurisdiction over tobacco products by declaring nicotine a drug. President Clinton approves this proposal in 1996, giving the agency authority to regulate cigarettes as a "drug delivery device."

Tobacco Companies Officially Lied For 50 Years

01/01/2006 - 01/02/2006

Judge Kessler releases her final ruling in the U. S. Department of Justice's federal suit against the tobacco companies. She finds that the tobacco industry had lied for 50 years and deceived the American public on health issues and marketing to children.

American Companies Challenged to be Smokefree

11/01/2006 - 11/02/2012

The American Lung Association launched its Smokefree Air Challenge, urging all stated & the District of Columbia to pass comprehensivev smokefree laws that protect people and workers from secondhand smoke.

No Misleading Health Discriptors in Marketing

01/01/2010 - 01/02/2010

Youth access and marketing restrictions on tobacco products take effect and cigarette companies are prohibited from using "light," "low," and other misleading health discriptors.

New Graphic Warning Labels

01/01/2012 - 01/02/2012

The Food and Drug Administration reveals the new graphic warning labels that are set to appear on cigarette packs starting in 2012.