ALTHOUGH the federal government has had an office charged with promulgating information about the hazards of smoking since the mid-1960s, it was 1978 before anything like the CDC's present national office on smoking was established.
Originally a part of the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health, this office on smoking and health became a part of the CDC in 1986. But it has remained located in suburban Washington, DC.
With its charge to educate Americans about the health consequences of smoking, it fits in with one of the CDC's program goals—chronic disease prevention. Since January 1987, the office has been headed by Ronald M. Davis, MD. It has a staff of 25 people and an annual budget of $3.5 million.
Its technical center maintains a computerized database on smoking and health. It has 60 000 articles from the biomedical literature, available to the public through a system called Dialog.