Margaret A.WinkerMD, Deputy EditorIndividualAuthorPhil B.FontanarosaMD, Interim CoeditorIndividualAuthorStephenLurieMD, PhDIndividualAuthor
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To the Editor: The findings of the study by
Drs Ayanian and Cleary1 appeared in striking
contrast to tobacco industry claims that succeeded in a federal courtroom
in Ohio the same week.2 The winning defense
was based on the argument that everybody knows and has long known the risks
of smoking. Ayanian and Cleary have demonstrated that this is far from true,
even 35 years after the first report on the topic by the surgeon general.
Thompson S. Perceptions of Health Risks by Cigarette Smokers. JAMA. 1999;282(18):1722-1723. doi:10-1001/pubs.JAMA-ISSN-0098-7484-282-18-jbk1110