Environmental Button

Smoking tobacco was linked to lung cancer early in the 20th century, but it was not until 1964 that the United States Surgeon General declared smoking to be a major cause of lung cancer and recommended that smokers kick the habit. In the years following the Surgeon General’s recommendation, organizations such as the American Lung Association and the American Cancer Society waged campaigns to educate people about the dangers of smoking.
When the dangers of second-hand smoke became evident, the anti-smoking campaigns expanded to include linking human health to the environment. This was part of a growing trend among activists in the 1970s and 80s to deal with air pollution, noise pollution, and other issues relating to life in our towns and cities.
Currently not on view
Physical Description
metal (overall material)
overall: .33 cm x 3.7 cm; x 1/8 in x 1 7/16 in
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National Museum of American History


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