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Fifty years on . . .

Mike Daube
Med J Aust 2014; 200 (1): 12. || doi: 10.5694/mja13.00125
Published online: 20 January 2014

More action is still needed to end tobacco smoking in Australia

Fifty years ago, on 11 January 1964, the United States Government released the first Surgeon General’s Report on Smoking and Health.1 It “hit the country like a bombshell”,2 and massive global media coverage followed. While it contained nothing new, as it followed the 1962 report of the Royal College of Physicians,3 a very distinguished committee had brought together the best evidence then available. The Age (Melbourne) editorialised:

  • Mike Daube

  • Faculty of Health Sciences, Curtin University, Perth, WA.

Correspondence: m.daube@curtin.edu.au

Competing interests:

I am President of the Australian Council on Smoking and Health.

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