Glance: US smoking over 50 years

February 5, 2014 by The Associated Press

Some key events and adult smoking rates in the fight over tobacco during the last 50 years in the U.S.:

1964: U.S. surgeon general report concludes smoking causes lung cancer.

1965: Warning labels required on ; adult smoking rate 42.4 percent.

1971: TV and radio commercials for cigarettes banned.

1972: Airlines told to provide no-smoking sections.

1987: Aspen, Colorado, becomes first U.S. city to ban smoking in restaurants; adult smoking rate 28.8 percent.

1988: Smoking banned on short domestic airline flights.

1998: Forty-six states reach $206 billion settlement with ; adult smoking rate 24.1 percent.

2000: Smoking prohibited on international flights.

2009: Food and Drug Administration authorized to regulate tobacco products; adult smoking rate 20.6 percent.

2014: U.S. surgeon general report adds more diseases to the long list of cigarettes' harms, urges new resolve to make the next generation a smoke-free generation; adult rate about 18 percent.

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