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Smoking rates have been cut by about half, and a new study estimates that 8 million Americans have been saved from premature smoking-related deaths. Tribune photo

8M lives saved since U.S. alarm on smoking 50 years ago

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NEW YORK — More than half of American men and over a third of women were smokers on Jan. 11, 1964, when Dr. Luther Terry delivered the first Surgeon General’s Report on Smoking and Health outlining the links between tobacco use, lung cancer and death.

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