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November 22, 1985

Myocardial Infarction in Women Younger Than 50 Years-Reply

Author Affiliations

Boston University School of Medicine

JAMA. 1985;254(20):2893. doi:10.1001/jama.1985.03360200043017

In Reply.—  In our data,1 the risk of nonfatal myocardial infarction for women who quit smoking is similar to that of women who never smoked, in agreement with the results of many other studies.2,3 This finding is incompatible with Dr Burch's predisposition argument, unless one assumes that smokers who quit are not constitutionally predisposed to myocardial infarction while smokers who continue are so predisposed.