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May 5, 1894


JAMA. 1894;XXII(18):676. doi:10.1001/jama.1894.02420970030006

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A member of the Board of Education of New York City, Mr. Charles B. Hubbell, has interested himself in the prevention of cigarette-smoking by schoolboys. He has inaugurated leagues, in the various schools, having an exclusive membership among those boys who are willing to take a pledge to abstain from the use of the deadly cigarette until they have attained the age of 21 years. He expects to have an enrollment of 75,000 young leaguers, on or before the first of May. This plan of organization has spread to other cities, and it will not be at all surprising if we hear later of a National League and witness an anti-cigarette Congress. Mr. Hubbell uses a variety of arguments to enlist the coöperation of ambitious and thoughtful youth. For example, he adduces the fact that the medical examiner of one of the larger life insurance companies said recently that he

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