Time Capsule

1874 Women's Christian Temperance Union formed

1913 Cigarette brands introduced

1919-33 Prohibition

1939 Alcoholics Anonymous founded

1954 Alcoholism declared a disease by the American Medical Association

First publication suggesting link between smoking and cancer

1960s Low-tar cigarettes introduced

1964 First Surgeon General's report linking cigarettes with health problems

1970 Comprehensive Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Act; National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws founded

1973 Arizona is first state to restrict smoking in public places

Nixon declares war on drugs

1977 First Great American Smokeout

1982 "Just Say No" campaign started

1987 All states comply with age 21 drinking requirement

1988 Creation of the Office on National Drug Control Policy

1991 Nicotine patch introduced

1993 Widespread binge drinking documented in the first College Alcohol Study by Harvard

1996 Marijuana approved for medical use in Arizona and California

Environmental Protection Agency classifies secondhand smoke as a Group-A carcinogen

1997 Heroin chic promoted by the fashion industry

1999 National Alcohol Screening Day launched by the Surgeon General

Multistate Master Tobacco Settlement Agreement reaches final approval status

Club drugs get national attention

Source: Compiled from charts in the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Report "Substance Abuse: The Nation's Number One Health Problem," 2001.