Fifty years after the release of the first Surgeon General's report on smoking and health, remarkable progress has been made. Since 1964, smoking prevalence among U.S. adults has been reduced by half. Unfortunately, tobacco use remains the leading preventable cause of disease, disability, and death in the United States. In 2014, the Surgeon General released the 50th Anniversary Surgeon General’s Report, The Health Consequences of Smoking—50 Years of Progress
. The report highlights half a century of progress in tobacco control and prevention, presents new data on the health consequences of tobacco use, and introduces initiatives that can potentially end the tobacco use epidemic in the United States.