The Surgeon General Warns of Smoking Effects
Lady Bird Johnson: Science, Medicine, Inventions and tech
Skill: Middle School
Time Required: Two to three class periods
In 1963 the U.S. Surgeon General formulated a statement “declaring cigarette smoking to be a health hazard and a major cause of lung cancer and other deadly diseases.” Today, the health hazards of tobacco smoke continue to be reinforced and take its toll on millions of people worldwide. President Johnson smoked three packs of cigarettes a day until his first heart attack, which caused him to quit. Smoking was likely a major contributing factor to his death of a second heart attack in 1974. Besides making the user more susceptible to cancer, smoking can cause significant damage to the heart and most other organs. Lady Bird Johnson also smoked. When President Johnson stopped smoking after his first heart attack, he was known for being a very formidable anti-smoking proponent, so much so that when Lady Bird Johnson would light a cigarette, he would take it.