Archive for January, 2014

50th Anniversary Surgeon General’s Report on Smoking

January 17th, 2014 | Author: Fabiana Talbot

Today marks the 50th anniversary of the first Surgeon General’s Report on Smoking and Health.  A press conference was held at the White House this morning to commemorate decades of anti-smoking efforts with the release of the 50th Anniversary Surgeon General’s Report: The Health Consequences of Smoking. Keynote speakers included Dept. of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, HHS Assistant Secretary Dr. Howard Koh, and the U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Boris Lushniak.

Past successes, current challenges, and alarming statistics were presented during this morning’s conference. Sec. Sebelius reflected on past campaigns, namely Tips from Former Smokers, and congratulated advocates for their achievements in shifting societal norms and enlightening Americans about the dangers of smoking. Since 1964, the anti-tobacco community has succeeded in driving smoking out of airplanes, many restaurants, colleges, etc., and the Tips campaign alone reported helping over 100,000 individuals quit smoking. Despite these accomplishments, Sec. Sebelius acknowledged that the U.S. is still very much addicted to tobacco.

In his speech, Dr. Lushniak repeated the phrase, “Enough is enough!” and stated that since the first Surgeon General’s report in1964:

  • Over 20 million premature deaths could be attributed to cigarette smoking.
  • Smoking has been linked to diseases of nearly all organs, to diminished health status, &  harm to the fetus.
  • Smoking risks for women have risen sharply & women are now as likely to die from smoking as men.
  • Compared to men, women are as likely to die from smoking & more die from chronic lung disease.
  • Smoking is now known to cause 13 different types of cancer. In 1964 officials could only be sure about lung cancer in men.
  • The smoking rate is down to 18%, from 42%.
  • Smokers have a greater risk of developing lung cancer, even though they smoke fewer cigarettes.
  • The annual costs to the nation from smoking are approaching $300 billion.

So much has been done over the past 50 years, but there is still much work to do to make the next generation tobacco-free. Please visit the Surgeon General’s website for more information.

This video features Tips ad participants Terrie Hall, Brandon Carmichael and Roosevelt Smith, discussing their experiences during and after the Tips campaign.

Phil Everly Memorial

January 7th, 2014 | Author: Katelyn Turner

 The COPD Foundation would like to express our heartfelt condolences to Patti Everly and her family on the loss of her husband, Phil Everly. We are grateful to them for extending his legacy by making a commitment to support our efforts to eradicate this disease. We are motivated by their support to continue to make progress through research to ultimately find a cure for COPD, so individuals such as Phil will not have to suffer.

Phil passed away Friday, January 3, 2014 in Burbank, Calif. at the age of 74 due to complications from COPD. The Everly family would like contributions to be made in memory of Phil to the COPD Foundation, to help us fight this terrible disease.

Photo courtesy of Patti Everly

Photo courtesy of Patti Everly

According to the LATimes.com, Phil Everly and his brother Don made up the most revered vocal duo of the rock-music era, their exquisite harmonies profoundly influencing the Beatles, the Beach Boys, the Byrds and countless younger-generation rock, folk and country singers.

Phil Everly was born in Chicago, IL on January 19, 1939, but grew up in Iowa. He began singing country music with his brother in 1945 on his family’s radio show in Shenandoah, Iowa. Notable songs of the Everly Brothers was “Cathy’s Clown”, “Wake up Little Susie”, “Bye Bye Love”, “When Will I Be Loved”, and “All I Have to Do is Dream”. The Everly Brothers were inducted into the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame in 1986, and were known for mixing rock ‘n’ roll music with country music. Phil Everly last performed in public in 2011, but his son Jason said he had been actively writing songs, living part of the year in Burbank and the rest in Nashville. He said his father had been in the hospital for about two weeks when he passed away. Though the COPD caused by smoking affected his health, Jason Everly said it never affected his voice. Everly married his third wife Patti (current wife) in 1999. His 2 children are from previous marriages.

The Everly family thanks you for your support in memory of their angel.

Source Links: