“Nearly a half a century after the Surgeon General first report on Smoking and Health, cigarettes still kill more Americans than AIDS, breast cancer, sickle cell disease, motor vehicle accidents, alcohol, illegal drugs, homicides, suicides, and fires combined.”
“A stamp commemorating this monumental report will be an important symbol to remind us all to help prevent the next generation from the needless suffering caused by tobacco use.” Said K. Michael Cummings, PhD, Chair of the Department of Health Behavior at Rowell Park Cancer Institute.
“The United States has issued stamps opposing alcoholism and support for breast cancer research, prostate cancer screening and sickle cell disease awareness. However, the U.S.is not among the 65 countries with an anti-smoking stamp,” noted Dr. Blum. “It is time that this country joins others from around the world and recognize importance of tackling the tobacco pandemic by issuing such stamps.”
The American Medical Association adopted a resolution along with 22 state medical societies asking for a U.S. stamp to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the publication of the U.S. Surgeon’s General’s Report on Smoking and Health.
More the 20 million Americans have kicked the cigarette habit, resulting in a significant decline in heart attacks and slow but steady decrease in the incidence of lung cancer since the Surgeon’s General report was presented by Dr. Luther Terry in 1964.
Support for a stamp commemorating the 50th anniversary of the release of the U.S. Surgeon General’s Report on Smoking and Health can be sent to the
Citizen’s Stamp Advisory Committee on Stamp Development U.S. Postal Service 1735 North Lynn Street Suite 5013
to sign petition click here
Click here for a video Clip: of Surgeon General Luther Terry
Read Dr. Blum article in the Pharos, Autumn 2010 issue