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October 1, 1910

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JAMA. 1910;55(14):1206-1207. doi:10.1001/jama.1910.04330140050020

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THE EFFECTS OF TOBACCO ON BODY AND MIND  While it has been shown that nicotin acts as a poison in the lower animals, depressing the nervous, circulatory and respiratory systems, there is considerable diversity of opinion as to the effects of tobacco on human beings. There is, however, a fairly well-established belief that even the moderate use of tobacco is not without possibilities of evil, while excessive use is distinctly harmful. The effects, naturally, are more pronounced in youth and adolescence than in later life. Some observations made by Dr. George L. Melyan,1 of Columbia University, are interesting in this connection.

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