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April 16, 1960

Smoking and Health

JAMA. 1960;172(16):1871. doi:10.1001/jama.1960.03020160143027

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Since publication of an earlier volume on smoking and cancer, Dr. Ochsner has assembled additional data on the production of numerous diseases or abnormalities in health. The first chapter presents data assembled by Dr. H. F. Dorn of the National Institutes of Health in 1959. Dr. Dorn's figures were obtained from 200,000 veterans and indicated that among heavy smokers the death rate (from all causes) was almost twice that of nonsmokers. The death rate from lung cancer among men who smoked more than one pack of cigarettes a day was 16 times the rate for nonsmokers. The death rate from coronary disease was 63% higher among the smokers. The incidence of numerous other diseases is also increased by cigarette smoking. He criticized the tobacco industry for its feeble efforts in investigating this problem and denounced their clever advertisements, which avoid recognition of the dangers of cigarette smoking.

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