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March 10, 1969

Hospital Sale of Cigarettes

Author Affiliations

San Diego, Calif

JAMA. 1969;207(10):1916. doi:10.1001/jama.1969.03150230130027

To the Editor:—  In 1966, with the sponsorship of the National Clearinghouse for Smoking and Health of the US Department of Health, Education, and Welfare, a project now titled Smoking Research/San Diego was designed as a community laboratory investigation. This was to determine whether or not efforts coordinated on a countywide basis by voluntary health agencies (acting through the San Diego Council on Smoking and Health) could effect a decrease in smoking by county residents.It was early apparent that an inconsistency existed between the medical profession's warnings of the hazards of smoking1 and the continuing sale of cigarettes to the public by the profession's prime institution, the hospital.Accordingly, a letter was drafted to the council of the San Diego County Medical Society and subsequently to the California Medical Association. The letter began:We are requesting your consideration and endorsement of the following resolution:Resolved, that the Council