Policies or Regulation


• Surgeon General’s report identifies the health benefits of smoking cessation: “Smoking cessation has major and immediate health benefits for men and women of all ages.” Report examines life expectancy, smoking-related diseases, and reproductive health issues of smokers and former smokers



• Smoking banned on interstate buses and domestic airline flights of six hours or less



• Nicotine patches introduced

• 97.5% of cigarettes in the U.S. have filters




• Vermont bans smoking in all indoor public places


• Surgeon General’s report looks at “preventing tobacco use among young people.” Report examines and discusses age at first initiation, issues or problems encountered with youth cessation, tobacco as a “gate-way drug,” effect of advertising, and school-based tobacco use prevention programs


• Major U.S. cigarette companies release a list of 599 additives used in the manufacture of cigarettes


• Executives of seven largest U.S. tobacco companies swear in congressional testimony that nicotine is not an addictive and deny manipulating nicotine levels in cigarettes

• Amtrak bans smoking on short-and medium-distance trips

• Brown and Williamson documents provide evidence that tobacco executives discovered smoking risks before the surgeon general made declaration

• Mississippi files first of 24 state lawsuits seeking to recoup millions from tobacco companies for smokers’ Medicaid bills

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