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To the Editor:—
The following statement was approved by the board of directors of the American Cancer Society on Jan. 21, 1960."In 1959 the death rate from lung cancer among men in the United States was over 10 times as high as it was in 1930. The disease is now one of the most common and most lethal of all forms of human cancer. This tremendous increase in number of deaths and the reported association of cigarette smoking with lung cancer has led the American Cancer Society to pursue an aggressive program of research on lung cancer and to disseminate new evidence bearing on the subject to the medical profession and to the public."In October, 1954, the board of directors of the American Cancer Society declared that 'the presently available evidence indicates an association between smoking and lung cancer.' In November, 1957, the board reviewed the report of
Cole WH. STATEMENT OF AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY ON CIGARETTE SMOKING AND LUNG CANCER. JAMA. 1960;172(13):1425. doi:10.1001/jama.1960.03020130083025