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Were Things Better 50 Years Ago?
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A surgeon general report revealed smoking may be even more dangerous than originally thought.


At 5:30/5:45am today we did a Top 10 List of the things that weren't a big deal 50 years ago. See the entire list:

1. SMOKING- The federal government did not mandate these warnings on cigarette packs until 1966, that was two years after the surgeon general's 1964 Report on Smoking and Health.

2. SEAT BELTS / CAR SAFETY- We used to ride around in cars with no air bags, sure, but the implementation of seat belts wasn't exactly limited by technology, we just didn't want to wear them. Or even worse, we thought they'd hurt us in a crash.

3. OCCUPATIONAL ( JOB ) SAFETY- The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration wasn't formed until 1971 with a mission to "assure safe and healthful working conditions for working men and women by setting and enforcing standards and by providing training, outreach, education and assistance."

4. SPORT SAFETY / HELMETS- It's 2014 and the NFL is still battling scientists over the long-term affects of concussions.

5. DRINKING AND DRIVING- It didn't seem as big a deal 50 years ago, but nowadays we realize that mixing alcohol and driving is always a poor choice.

6. SPANKING YOUR CHILD- The federal Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act wasn't enacted until 1974.

7. PESTICIDES / DDT- We all hate bugs but even while we knew that DDT was probably poisoning wildlife and wrecking the environment as early as the 50s, it wasn't fully banned until 1972 in the United States.

8. TOY GUNS IN PUBLIC- These days, doing this is liable to result in an arrest — or worse — getting shot by the cops, but in 1964, it was all good.

9. ASBESTOS EXPOSURE/ HAZARDOUS CHEMICALS AT THE WORKPLACE- Scientists knew of the correlation between asbestos and mesothelioma in the 1940s, but that didn't stop us from using it in all sort of consumer and industrial products.

10. MAKING YOUR HOME "CHILD SAFE"- Admittedly, this wasn't a wide-spread problem, but where are this kid's parents?





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