Alaskan smoking Down 50 years after Surgeon Generals first report

Now E-cigarettes pose possible threat

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by Mike Ford

It was 1964 when the first Surgeon General’s Report on Smoking and Health linked cigarettes to increased mortality rates.

The fight to end tobacco use has come a long way in the past 50 years. Over the past 14 years, Alaska has made great strides by committing to a comprehensive tobacco prevention and control program

“Alaska is setting an example for the nation with its strong and sustained commitment to fighting tobacco use,” said Matthew L. Meyers, president of the national Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids. “Alaska’s efforts are paying off by preventing kids from smoking, saving lives, and saving money by reducing tobacco-related health care costs. Tobacco prevention is a smart investment that Alaska should continue to make.”