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Address Presented at the Panel on Smoking and Health, John F. Kennedy School of Government/Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts

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ADDRESS BY C, EVERETT KOOP, MOD, SUXGEON GENERAL U,S, PUBLIC HEALTH SERVICE AND DEPUTY ASSISTANT SECRETAZY FOR HEALTH U,S, DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES PF~ESENTED AT TKE PANEL ON SMOKING AND HEALTH JOHN F, KENNEDY SCHOOL 8~ GOVERNMENTAARVARD UNIVERSITY CAMBRIDGE, MASSACHUSETTS SEPTEMBER 4, 1986 1 (GREETINGS TO HOSTS, GUESTS, FRIENDS, ETCJ I AM DELIGHTED TO JOIN YOU THIS AFTERNOON TO PLAY A SMALL PART IN THIS HISTORIC CELEBRATION OF HARVARD'S 35gTH ANNIVERSARY AND THE KENNEDY SCHOOL'S 50TH ANNIVERSARY, IT ALL SOUNDS LIKE SUCH A LONG TIME, BUT HARVARD HAS BEEN HERE FOR ONLY 7 GENERATIONS, ,,BACK TO THE TIME OF OUR GREAT- GREAT- GREAT- GREAT- GREAT-GRANDPARENTS, THAT'S NOT SO FAR BACK, MANY OF YOU PROBA3LY KNOW OF TWO OR THREE GREAT-GRANDPARENTS IN YOUR OWN FAMILY OR IN YOUR COMMUNITY TODAYvMEN AND WOMEN WHO'VE LIVED A LITTLE BIT M3RE THAN A CENTURY, * 2 THEY HAD TO HAVE BEEN BORN IN THE AGE OF BRAHMS AND TOLSTOY,,,AND LOUIS PASTEUR,,,AND ROBERT KOCH, AND THEY MIGHT HAVE HEARD STORIES TOLD BY THEIR OWN GRAND-PARENTS OF THE DELIGHTS OF MOZART AND GOETHE,, ,AND THE WONDERS OF LAVOISIER AND- EDWARD JENNER, SO IT'S NOT SO LONG AGO, BUT A LOT HAS HAPPENED IN MEDICINE AND HEALTH ACROSS THOSE GENERATIONS, AND WE'VE LEARNED A GREAT MANY THINGS THAT CAN HELP OUR OWN GENERATION BE A LITTLE BIT HEALTHIER AS WE LIVE A LITTLE BIT LONGER, THAT'S WHAT THIS SMOKING PROBLEM IS REALLY ALL ABOUT, WHAT MY PREDECESSORS AND I HAVE BEEN DOING IS TELLING PEOPLE THAT SCIENCE HAS COME UP WITH NEW AND IMPORTANT INFORMATION -- SOMETHING SCIENCE HAS BEEN DOING SINCE ARISTOTLE -- THAT PROVES THE LETHALITY OF CIGARETTE SMOKING, 3 OVER THE PAST 30 YEARS ALMOST A GENERATION OF BIOMEDICAL RESEARCHERS, PHYSICIANS, AND PUBLIC HEALTH PERSONNEL FROM MORE THAN 80 COUNTRIES HAVE GENERATED THE HARD EVIDENCE LINKING CIGARETTE SMOKING TO ABOUT TWO DOZEN SERIOUS DISEASE CONDITIONS, THE \lORLD MEDICA

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