1-8-2014

Contact: Bri Loesch, 614-292-2309

MEDIA ADVISORY: Ohio State Celebrates 50th Anniversary of Surgeon Generalís Report on Smoking

Landmark health notice will be marked during event on Jan. 10

WHO: Joseph Alutto, interim president, Ohio State University
Steven Gabbe, senior vice president for health sciences
William Martin, dean and professor, College of Public Health
Peter Shields, deputy director, The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center
Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine

WHAT: Event will celebrate 50 years of progress and the positive impact that the U.S. Surgeon General report linking smoking with lung cancer and chronic lung and heart disease has made on health. The event will include tobacco research poster presentations and brief comments from Interim President Alutto and others. The Ohio Attorney Generalís Office will be recognized for its efforts.

WHEN: Friday, Jan. 10 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Remarks begin at 9:45 a.m.

WHERE: Ohio Union Great Meeting Hall, 1739 N. High St.

On Jan. 11, 1964, the landmark U.S. Surgeon General report linking tobacco smoking with lung cancer and chronic lung and heart disease was released to the public. In the 50 years since the release of the first report on smoking and health, smoking prevalence among U.S. adults has been reduced by half. The report has had an immense impact on public health and attitudes toward tobacco, but there is still room for improvement: Tobacco use remains the leading preventable cause of death in the United States, killing more than 440,000 each year.

The Ohio State University will celebrate 50 years of progress and millions of lives saved at 9:30 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 10 in the Ohio Union Great Hall Meeting Room.

The anniversary comes just days after the official launch of Ohio Stateís tobacco free campus, effective Jan. 1.