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December 14, 1963


JAMA. 1963;186(11):31-50. doi:10.1001/jama.1963.03710110005002

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Smoking AMA Will Sponsor Research Program ACS Reports On Statistical Evidence

Approval of a "comprehensive program of research on tobacco and health" highlighted the unusually light agenda at the House of Delegates sessions at the 1963 Clinical Meeting.

Purpose of the tobacco research program will be to determine "which significant human ailments may be caused or aggravated by smoking, how they may be caused, and the particular element or elements in smoke that may be the causal or aggravating agent."

The program will also attempt to find ways to eliminate such agents.

In proposing the study to the House, the Board said it is convinced that "fundamental long-term research needs to be conducted because it is certain that large gaps in knowledge will remain" even after the Public Health Service Advisory Committee turns in its report on the existing tobacco-research literature.

The study, which will be directed by the AMA

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