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It’s probably my earliest public health memory — the image of Surgeon General C. Everett Koop and his grandfatherly beard on the television warning my elementary school self about the dangers of smoking. He was the first doctor I knew by name.

Public health classic: Surgeon General’s 1964 Report on Smoking and Health

The 1964 Surgeon General’s report on “Smoking and Health” was not the first to report the grave hazards of smoking, but it capture public attention and set the ball in motion for the nation’s first tobacco control measures.