"Statement of C. Everett Koop [before the] Subcommittee on Transportation, and Hazardous Substance, Committee on Energy
and Commerce, U.S. House of Representatives" [Reminiscence]
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Koop, C. Everett
Reproduced with permission of C. Everett Koop.
Medical Subject Headings (MeSH):
Advertising as Topic
Tobacco, Second-Hand Smoke, and the Campaign for a Smoke-Free America
Statement of C. Everett Koop [before the] Subcommittee on Transportation, and Hazardous Substance, Committee on Energy and
Commerce, U.S. House of Representatives (September 13, 1989)
Box Number: 9
Folder Number: 1983 Sep 13
Lecture Vol. 1 - Tab A -- (Post Surgeon General Years) cover
By C. Everett Koop, MD, ScD
Surgeon General, U.S. Public Health Service
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
To the Subcommittee on Transportation, and Hazard Substance, Committee on Energy and Commerce
U.S. House of Representatives
September 13, 1989
Congressional Committees don't always signify the governmental issues over which they have oversight by title alone. The
subject of my statement was tobacco and specifically issues involving the advertising of tobacco because the chairman of the
committee had introduced a bill HR 1250, which would have eliminated all image-based tobacco advertising, allowing only so-called
"tombstone advertising". Congressional testimony is concise and usually worth reading, because of that characteristic
alone, but also because these subjects usually are not frivolous.
In general, in summary fashion, this statement lays out my personal position - not the governments - on tobacco advertising,
the response to the issue of both the tobacco industry and the advertising industry and is especially concerned with children's
access to tobacco.
Vending machines are also discussed and it is well for the user to remember that during my tenure, the medical director of
the Veteran's Administration, believing that government hospitals and clinics should be models of healthy environments,
ordered all vending machines selling cigarettes removed from Veteran's Administration properties. The furor that followed
was not so much generated by the tobacco industry as it was by the vending machine industry and advertisers.