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Historic report on smoking marks 50th anniversary

Document was start of effort to curb tobacco use

ATLANTA — Fifty years ago, ashtrays seemed to be on every table and desk. Athletes and even Fred Flintstone endorsed cigarettes in TV commercials. Smoke hung in the air in restaurants, offices, and airplane cabins.

More than 42 percent of US adults smoked, and there was a good chance your doctor was among them.

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