Interestingly, it is only in 1964 that the official American public was first warned about the dangers of smoking. On this day in 1964, the Surgeon General of the United States issued a report stating that the mortality of smokers is greater than that of non-smokers, that they have a higher risk of getting lung cancer, and that smoking during pregnancy is harmful for newborns.
This was, up to that date, confirmed in more than 7,000 scientific articles. This report had a huge impact on world public attitude towards smoking and the tobacco industry suffer great losses. It was deliberately launched on Saturday, so that the tobacco industry losses in stock markets would be minimized, but they were still unavoidable. The Sunday newspaper editions gave the greatest attention to the report. Interestingly, the members of the committee that drew up the report, smokers themselves, agreed that smoking is a habit and not an addiction. Smoking was only declared an addiction in 1989.