DEHART, Edward, a tobacco industry consultant credited with helping develop the warning label printed on all cigarette packs sold in the United States, died of lung cancer. He was 71.
He helped craft the first surgeon general's warning in 1962, when as a public affairs consultant with Hill & Knowlton, he worked with the Tobacco Institute, an industry trade group. His role would later be chronicled in Richard Kluger's book "Ashes to Ashes," which stamped him as the publicist closest to the label lawmaking process. He smoked during that time but quit after cancer forced removal of part of his lungs in 1987. The lung cancer recurred and caused his death Wednesday.
Mr. DeHart ran his own public affairs firm for 15 years, specializing in issues such as nutrition labeling and copyright protection. Mr. DeHart was born in New Jersey and orphaned during the Great Depression. He joined the Army and fought in World War II. He later graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University and became a reporter for the Zanesville (Ohio) Signal and the City News Bureau in Chicago. In the 1950s, he joined McGraw Hill and later Hill & Knowlton in 1960. He retired in 1983 and moved to Florida in 1990. He is survived by his son, two daughters, his ex-wife and four grandchildren.
Publication Date: September 29, 1997
Region: New York Metro, New York
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