The promotion of tobacco needs to be better regulated. The industry spends $6.7 billion annually — $18 million a day — to market tobacco. Additional restrictions on directing those campaigns toward children are needed, as well as campaigns to counter those messages, Satcher said.
“During the past four decades, we have made unprecedented gains in preventing and controlling tobacco use,” Satcher said. “However, the sobering reality is that smoking remains the leading cause of preventable death and disease in our nation, and those who suffer the most are poor Americans, minority populations and young people.”
This report is the latest in a long line of Surgeon General reports on smoking beginning in 1964. Since that time, the reports have progressed from discussing the consequences of smoking to adressing second-hand smoke (1986), the benefits of quitting (1990), prevention in youth (1994), and minority use (1998).