History of Legal and Illegal Drugs from 1970-1975 A.D. Part 1

About the history of legal and illegal drugs from 1970 to 1975 A.D. including candy cigarettes, the pill for pregnancy, tobacco consumption and production, heroin.

1970 New York State assemblyman Alfred D. Lerner introduces a bill to ban the sale of candy cigarettes in New York State, "to deglamorize smoking in the eyes of children."

1970 Dr. Alan F. Guttmacher, president of Planned Parenthood-World Population, declares that the pill is "a prophylaxis against one of the gravest sociomedical illnesses--unwanted pregnancy."

1970 Dr. Albert Szent-Gyorgyi, Nobel Laureate in Medicine and Physiology, in reply to being asked what he would do if he were 20 today: "I would share with my classmates rejection of the whole world as it is--all of it. Is there any point in studying and work? Fornication--at least that is something good. What else is there to do? Fornicate and take drugs against this terrible strain of idiots who govern the world."

1970 Per-capita cigarette smoking increases, "from 3,993 for each smoker in 1969, to 5,030 for each one in 1970."

1970 Tobacco consumption is increasing rapidly in Russia: "In 1960, Soviet retail stores sold $1.5 billion rubles of tobacco products. By 1968, the figure had risen to $2.5 billion, more than a 50% rise."

1970 Having passed both houses of Congress by unanimous votes, the Comprehensive Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism Prevention, Treatment, and Rehabilitation Act of 1970 is signed into law by President Nixon.

1970 According to a release of the U.S. Dept. of Health, Education, and Welfare, "An estimated 1.3 billion prescriptions were filled in 1970, at a consumer cost of $5.6 billion. Of these, 17%, or 214 million, were for psychotherapeutic drugs (antianxiety agents, antidepressants, anti-psychotics, stimulants, hypnotics, and sedatives)."

1970 Henry Nargeolet, chief of the Central Service of Pharmacy and Drugs of the French Ministry of Public Health and Social Security, declares, after the French National Assembly adopts a new antidrug bill, that drug addiction will henceforth be considered as a contagious disease in France, as are alcoholism and venereal disease.

1970 The world production of tobacco is 4.7 million metric tons; of wine, 300 million hectoliters; of beer, 630 million hectoliters; of cigarettes, 2,600 billion.

1971 President Nixon declares that "America's Public Enemy No. 1 is drug abuse." In a message to Congress, the President calls for the creation of a Special Action Office of Drug Abuse Prevention.

1971 New York City mayor John Lindsay testifies before a House subcommittee that "with intensive research it should be feasible to develop an inoculation against heroin which would be administered to youngsters in the same way as vaccines against smallpox, polio, measles . . . and only a Federal scientific task force approaching the scale proposed for cancer research can bring the sort of breakthrough we need."

1971 A survey of smoking habits and economics by the Sunday Telegraph (London) reveals that: in Spain, tobacco is a state monopoly, with annual gross income last year at $210 million; in Italy, it is also a state monopoly, with profits at $10.3 billion or 8% of the total tax revenue; in Switzerland, government revenue from tobacco taxes was $60 million, or 5% of the total; in Norway, it was $70 million, or 3% of the total; and in Sweden, it was $350 million, or 2% of the total tax revenue.

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