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Surgeon General’s Report, 1986

Speaking Points

This visual presents the major findings of the 1986 Surgeon General’s Report on secondhand smoke.  The full title of the report is The Health Consequences of Involuntary Smoking:  A Report of the Surgeon General, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 1986.11

Although there was fairly strong consensus at the time about the health risks of secondhand smoke, this report was the final nail in the coffin of the secondhand smoke debate.12

The 1986 Surgeon General’s report marked the beginning of the end of smoking and non-smoking sections, and the beginning of 100% smokefree environments.13

11 U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The Health Consequences of Involuntary Smoking: A Report of the Surgeon General.

12 U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Major Local Tobacco Control Ordinances in the United States. Smoking and Tobacco Control Monograph No. 3. US DHHS, PHS, NIH, NCI, 1993. NIH Publication No. 93-3532, 5.

13 Ibid, 8.

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