ERIC Number: ED241838
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1983-May
Reference Count: N/A
Smoking Prevention Health and Education Act of 1983. Hearings before the Committee on Labor and Human Resources. United States Senate, Ninety-Eighth Congress, First Session on S. 772 to Promote Public Health by Improving Public Awareness of the Health Consequences of Smoking and to Increase the Effectiveness of Federal Health Officials in Investigating and Communicating to the Public Necessary Health Information, and for Other Purposes (May 5 and 12, 1983).
Congress of the U.S., Washington, DC. Senate Committee on Labor and Human Resources.
These hearings present opening statements which argue for the government's responsibility to protect the health of citizens, citing the dangerous and often fatal relationship of cigarette smoking to cancer and heart and lung disease. Statements include those from Mrs. Barney Clark, widow of the first heart transplant patient, and physicians, surgeons, and medical researchers. In addition, a number of published accounts of the danger of cigarette additives, such as deerstongue, are presented. Other testimony describes smoking prevention studies and warning labels that are used in other countries. Reports linking smoking-related illness in non-smokers to association with heavy smokers are also presented. Opposing testimony, presented by representatives of the tobacco industry as well as professionals from the fields of medicine, education, and psychology, proposes that people are sufficiently aware of the risks of smoking and that further federal intervention is unnecessary and would set an unwanted precedent. Additional testimony stresses that cigarette advertising is not aimed at young people, and evidence relating smoking to health hazards is not conclusive. The hearings include testimony from 17 witnesses; 42 prepared statements; and 13 additional articles, publications, and communications. (JAC)
Publication Type: Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Congress of the U.S., Washington, DC. Senate Committee on Labor and Human Resources.