A man of enormous physical presence and stature, Koop became a public figure at the juxtaposition of a nation yearning for a credible, visible and competent health leader with that of a national media consumed by an insatiable appetite for content.
Over the last three years, we've made significant strides in our fight against tobacco, and our efforts are paying off. But today's report is an important reminder to our nation that we have a lot more work to do to make tobacco death and disease part of our past.
Many moms, medical experts, and lactation educators have long celebrated World Breastfeeding Month in August. But the United States Breastfeeding Committee has now proclaimed that August is officially National Breastfeeding Month.
Stark images and bold messaging will now graphically illustrate -- on every ad and every pack of cigarettes -- the painful and deadly reality of tobacco use. A diseased lung. A baby surrounded by secondhand smoke. A man who needs an oxygen mask to breathe.