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February 22, 1980

Smoking and Health

Author Affiliations

From the Council on Scientific Affairs, American Medical Association, Chicago.

JAMA. 1980;243(8):779-781. doi:10.1001/jama.1980.03300340051025

AS EARLY as 1953, the Board of Trustees banned tobacco advertising from American Medical Association publications. House of Delegates actions on the subject of smoking and health have appeared with increasing frequency since the adoption in 1962 of Board of Trustees Report O, which expressed concern about the health hazards of tobacco products and encouraged research. The various antismoking resolutions submitted by state delegations during subsequent years evolved into Resolution 13 (C68), which called for physicians to be nonsmoking exemplars and advisors, for the AMA to discourage smoking through public pronouncements and educational programs, and for the AMA to take a strong stand against smoking with every means at its command. In November 1969, this resolution was amended by the addition of a fourth resolve, directing the AMA to point out to Congress the incongruity of spending tax dollars for production and sale of tobacco, as well as for antismoking