17th Surgeon General, Dr Richard Carmona joins Healthline

I was very pleased to learn that the recent U.S. Surgeon General, Dr Richard Carmona, has joined the board of directors at Healthline. Dr Carmona was a superb Surgeon General and naturally I particularly appreciated the strong stand he took against tobacco. While he was Surgeon General two of the very best Surgeon General’s Reports on Tobacco were produced. In 2004, he marked the 40th anniversary of influential 1964 Surgeon General’s report (first to conclude that smoking causes lung cancer), by leading on a comprehensive report that provided an update on all of the known health effects of tobacco smoking. Dr Carmona also showed his awareness of the importance of the internet in providing health information by developing, a pioneering interactive 3-D online program to accompany the report and inform the public about how smoking affects the different organs of the body. That version is available at:

Last year as Surgeon General he also produced the very important report on The Health Consequences of Involuntary Exposure to Tobacco Smoke. This report provided authoritative evidence summaries to help support the wave of smoke-free air legislation sweeping both the United States and the rest of the world.

I had the great pleasure of meeting Dr Carmona while he was the Surgeon General when he gave the keynote speech and received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree (in recognition of his leadership in advancing the nation's public health and preparedness) at the 2004 graduation ceremony of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. Despite his extremely busy schedule, Dr Carmona took the time to record a special video message for attendees at a tobacco conference we were holding at the university a few days later:

You can learn more about Dr Carmona and his appointment at:
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MA, MAppSci, PhD

Dr. Jonathan Foulds is an expert in the field of tobacco addiction.