Surgeon General Steinfeld, Who Fought Tobacco, Dies


dr-jesse-steinfeldDr. Jesse Steinfeld, the first surgeon general ever pushed out because of his work against tobacco, died Tuesday at the age of 87. Steinfeld had proposed the Non-Smoker’s Bill of Rights that focused on secondhand smoke, as well as strengthened the warning on packages and banned smoking in some government buildings.

He was labeled the “worst surgeon general ever” by the tobacco industry, and when Nixon required resignation letters from every member of his administration after reelection, he accepted Steinfeld’s.

Steinfeld also advocated against the pesticide DDT, cyclamate (an artificial sweetener), and violence on television. Read more.

{Andy Newscenter}


  1. A true hero, who saved countless lives. (My own mother died of lung cancer, and my father of a different smoking-related cancer. They were both life-long smokers.) This man has earned his place in Olam Habah.