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DATE January 10, 1972 6:15 clT,r Washington, D. C.

STEINFELD AND KLOEPFER DISAGREE ON SIGNIFICANCE OF SMOKING STUDY

DAVID RUSH: Surgeon General Jesse Steinfeld.today suggested


that the government more actively protect the health of cigarette
smokers and nonsmokers through new laws. In another major report
to Congress on smoking and health, Steinfeld holds that there
is no longer an honest disagreement among medical scientists
that cigarette smoking is deadly. And he talked about how young
people start smoking.
DR. JESSE STEINFELD: There is a higher incidence of
smoking among teenagers when one parent smokes, and an even
higher incidence of smoking when both parents smoke.
To wit, in our society, a free society, it remains an
individual problem, as has been poi-nted out by a number of the
questions here. And I would emphasize again, with that forty-
four million Americans who smoke, that this is a problem which
they have. And while the effects may not be immediate, as they
may be when one contracts smallpox, it's serious. The effect
of smoking for the individual who dies is just as deadly.

RUSH: Steinfeld'.s report drew sharp criticism from


William Kloepfer, Senior Vice President of The Tobacco Institute.
WILLIAM KLOEPFER: ' Once again, HEW has"failed to make
the objective report on smoking and health research required
by the Congress. In pursuing their press conference science,
some government officials maintain that cigarette smoking is
the number one publ'ic health problem. We believe that the number
one problem is the extent to which these officials knowingly
mislead the American public.
The Surgeon General's statement that there is no honest
disagreement among experts on effects of smoking is false.
It is a gross insult to the scientific community. It ignores
the work of researchers cited in his own report and the work
of researchers which is mis.represented in his report, and the

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work of researchers which is inexplicably absent from his report.


Those who prepared the Surgeon General's Report for
him were careful to have it reviewed prior to publication by
a number of persons known to share his opinion of smoking.
They were just as careful not to submit the report to any of
the many scientific experts who disagree with it.

RUSH: William Kloepfer of The Tobacco Institute.