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February 28, 1986

The Cigarette Underworld

Author Affiliations

Center for Prevention Services Centers for Disease Control Atlanta

JAMA. 1986;255(8):1067. doi:10.1001/jama.1986.03370080089035

The Cigarette Underworld is a republished book version of the December 1983 issue of the New York State Journal of Medicine. This is one of at least six issues of nonspecialty medical journals [as well as this issue of The Journal] that have focused on the problem of cigarette smoking. (The other five are Med J Aust, March 5, 1983; JAMA, Nov 23/30, 1984; JAMA, May 24/31, 1985; NY State J Med, July 1985; and Del Med J, July 1985.)

Individually and collectively, these issues represent a major contribution to the tobacco literature. They symbolize and reflect the enormous impact that cigarettes have on the public health. They also perform the unique service of reaching the general physician population with important information related to smoking. Alan Blum, MD, former editor of both the Medical Journal of Australia and of the New York State Journal of Medicine, has edited three of