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H.R. 6543, A bill to extend public...
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H.R. 6543, A bill to extend public health protection with respect to cigarette smoking, June 19, 1969

Surgeon generals’ reports on smoking and health in 1964 and 1969 prompted Congress to mandate health warnings on all cigarette packages. In 1965, Congress required cigarette labels to state: "Cigarette smoking may be hazardous to your health." In this bill, Congress—for the first time—required manufacturers to cite the surgeon general’s warning.

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"Warning: The Surgeon General Has Determined That Cigarette Smoking Is Dangerous to Your Health and May Cause Lung Cancer or Other Diseases."

Records of the U.S. Senate, National Archives and Records Administration