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The C. Everett Koop Papers

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Statement before Press Conference with Senator Bradley and Dr. Mars on Bradley's Bill for a Label on Cigarette Packages and Advertising Concerning Addiction pdf (203,836 Bytes) transcript of pdf
Statement before Press Conference with Senator Bradley and Dr. Mars on Bradley's Bill for a Label on Cigarette Packages and Advertising Concerning Addiction
Number of Image Pages:
5 (203,836 Bytes)
Date:
1988-09-15 (September 15, 1988)
Creator:
Koop, C. Everett
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This item is in the public domain. It may be used without permission.
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Medical Subject Headings (MeSH):
Smoking
Exhibit Category:
Tobacco, Second-Hand Smoke, and the Campaign for a Smoke-Free America
Relation:
Metadata Record "Statement before Press Conference with Senator Bradley and Dr. Mars on Bradley's Bill for a Label on Cigarette Packages and Advertising Concerning Addiction" [Reminiscence] (2003) pdf (116,777 Bytes) transcript of pdf
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Folder Number: 104
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Document Type:
Speeches
Language:
English
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application/pdf
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Good
Series: Speeches, Lectures, Papers, 1958-2004
SubSeries: 1988-1989
Folder: Statement- Press Conference with Senator Bradley and Dr. Mars Bill for Cigarette Labeling- Advertising Concerning Addiction, Washington, DC, 1988 Sep 15
Transcript:
Statement of C. Everett Koop, M.D., Surgeon General, Public Health Service, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Before Press Conference with Senator Bradley and Dr. Mars
The Capitol on Bradley's Bill for a Label on Cigarette Packages and Advertising Concerning Addiction
September 15, 1988
I am pleased to appear before you today to discuss not this legislation but the health considerations of nicotine addiction.
In May, I released a report of the Surgeon General, the Health Consequences of Smoking: Nicotine Addiction. This report is an examination of the addictive nature of smoking behavior. The report represents a comprehensive review of over 2,000 scientific articles by experts in the field of smoking and addiction. This report represents the work of more than 50 scientists from a variety of disciplines, from this country and abroad.
There are three overall conclusions of the report, which are:
First: Cigarettes and other forms of tobacco are addicting.
Second: Nicotine is the drug in tobacco that causes addiction.
Third: The pharmacologic and behavioral processes that determine tobacco addiction are similar to those that determine addiction to drugs such as heroin and cocaine.
We, as a society, need to increase or efforts to discourage tobacco use, especially since we now recognize nicotine as addicting drug. We should use every available means to advise our citizens about the serious nature of tobacco addiction.
Public information campaigns should be developed to increase community awareness of the addictive nature of tobacco use. A health warning on addiction should be rotated with the other warnings now required on cigarette and smokeless tobacco packages and advertisements. Prevention of tobacco use should be included in comprehensive school health education curricula. Many children and adolescents who are experimenting with the cigarettes and other forms of tobacco state that they do not intend to use tobacco in later years. They are unaware of, or underestimate, the strength of tobacco addiction, because the addiction almost always begins during childhood or adolescence. Children need to be warned as early as possible and repeatedly warned through their teenage years, about the dangers of exposing themselves to nicotine.
Smoking is responsible for well over 300,000 deaths annually in the United States, which represents approximately 16% of all deaths. This nation has mobilized enormous resources to wage a war on drugs--illicit drugs. We should also give priority to the one addiction that is killing more Americans each year than any other single cause.
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