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Anti Smoking Signs Signage like this can designate a particular area as smoke-free, or it can simply fulfill proprietors' obligations to reinforce settled policy, like rules banning smoking in public.
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The non-smoking movement

In November 1981, after serving as Surgeon-in-Chief at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and a professor of pediatric surgery at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Charles Everett Koop was confirmed as the thirteenth Surgeon General of the United States.

While Koop championed a number of health-related causes during his two terms in office, Koop's legacy is closely aligned with his Smoke-Free America campaign and his efforts to educate the public about the risks of first and secondhand smoke. The connection between smoking and diseases like lung cancer and emphysema had been established decades earlier; hospitals and department stores across the country had already begun designating certain indoor spaces as smoke-free areas. Surgeon General Koop was not the first to recognize the health effects of smoking, but rather, he pioneered the nation’s response.

Koop’s campaign came after years of advertising that portrayed snuff, chewing tobacco, and especially cigarettes as products capable of making consumers thinner, more attractive, or more popular. In addition, Koop’s adversaries had major financial backing. Big Tobacco infamously spends billions on maintaining a high level of demand for their products. The earliest tobacco ad was placed in 1789, published in a newspaper by the Lorillard Tobacco Company. This was followed by a deluge of endorsements from dentists and doctors and iconic imagery, like the Marlboro Man. Even as public opinion about smoking changed during the 1960s and 70s, manufacturers continued to use slogans like "For digestion's sake, smoke Camels" and "Got a cold? Switch to Kools" to reassure customers.

The tobacco industry was spending as much as $10.4 billion on advertising and promotion in 2008. That same year, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration reported that twenty percent of deaths in America were still caused by smoking. The government has repeatedly taken steps to address this health issue, beginning with warning labels on packaging, followed soon after by banning cigarette ads on TV and radio. Regulating signage is one of those preventative measures; to date, 38 states have implemented a smoking ban. Here's a brief timeline of some of the milestones in U.S. anti-smoking legislation:

  • 1962—President Kennedy sponsors the first federal study on smoking and health

  • 1969—The Cigarette Smoking Act required labels which warn that "Cigarette Smoking May be Hazardous to Your Health"

  • 1970—President Richard Nixon signs a law banning cigarette advertisements on television and radio

  • 1975—Minnesota passes the Clean Indoor Air Act, becoming the first state to ban smoking in certain public spaces

  • 1985—Aspen, Colorado becomes the first city to regulate smoking in restaurants

  • 1989—Congress prohibits smoking on all domestic flights in the U.S.

  • 1997—In exchange for limiting their liability in private claims, the four largest tobacco companies agree to pay more than $200 billion over 25 years to 46 states to cover the costs of treating smoking-related health issues

  • 1998—California bans smoking in bars, becoming the first state to do so

  • 1999—A California court orders the Philip Morris company to pay $25 million to a smoker who had contracted lung cancer

  • 2009—President Obama signs the Tobacco Control Act, enabling the FDA to regulate ingredients, increase the size of warning labels, eliminate misleading language from packaging, and establish restrictions for sales online and by mail
Today, only ten states—Alabama, Alaska, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas, West Virginia, and Wyoming—have yet to ban smoking in enclosed public spaces.
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