A representative historical lesson

Health effects of tabacco

  1. 1956

    Debate in the journal "The Lancet"

    The health effects of tobacco were first debated in 1856 in the medical journal "The Lancet"

  2. 1912

    Lung cancer sugegsted

    Dr. Isaac Adler suggested lung cancer was related to smoking in 1912

  3. 1950

    Evidence of lung cancer

    A British medical journal published a study in 1950 finding that smokers were 50 times more likely to get lung cancer

  4. 1997

    Tobacco companies agreed

    It wasn’t until 1997 that tobacco companies agreed to fund healthcare costs from smoking

  5. 2009

    Smoking bans for public health

    In 2009, the Public Health Law Research Program, a national program office of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, published an evidence brief summarising the research assessing the effect of a specific law or policy on public health. They stated that "There is strong evidence supporting smoking bans and restrictions as effective public health interventions aimed at decreasing exposure to secondhand smoke.