Posted: Feb 10, 2014 7:56 AM by Hunter Robinson
Updated: Feb 10, 2014 7:56 AM
NEW ORLEANS - Former U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Regina Benjamin joined Whitney on 2une In to talk about the "Summit on the 50th Anniversary of the Surgeon General's Tobacco Report".
In 1964, the Surgeon General's Report on Smoking and Health led to the warning label found on cigarette packages. The number of smoking Americans has been cut in half since the release of the report, but Dr. Benjamin believes more can be done.
She says that 90% of smokers start before the age of eighteen and 99% of them start before 26. Dr. Benjamin hopes, "we can get the next generation to not take a cigarette before the age of 26, [so] they can become tobacco-free". Former U.S. Surgeon Generals and youth and young adults will meet in New Orleans this week with that goal in mind.
Since leaving her post at U.S. Surgeon General last year, Dr. Benjamin has served as the endowed chair of Public Health at Xavier University in Louisiana.
Watch the video for more information.