Regulation of the Cigarette Industry

Archive Report

Steps Towards Federal Regulation

Federal Trade Comminssion Recommendations

More americans are smoking every year—undeterred by a growing-mass of medical evidence indicating that the cigarette habit may impair their health and shorten their lives. During 1967, according to the Department of Agriculture, the people of this country have been smoking cigarettes at a rate of 551 billion a year, an average of around 215 packs for every person 18 years of age or older. Cigarettes consumed this year will number about 11 billion more than last year.

At the same time, the American Cancer Society reports that the death rate for lung cancer is soaring—up 55 per cent for males and 46 per cent for females in the past decade—and it attributes the increase to heavier smoking. Projections ...

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