February 25, 1905


JAMA. 1905;XLIV(8):633-634. doi:10.1001/jama.1905.02500350043011

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One of the achievements of the International Cigarmakers' Union that redounds to its credit is the fact that it has reduced the death rate from pulmonary tuberculosis among its members from 51 per cent, to 24 per cent. This reduction has taken place since 1888, or two years and eight months after the eight-hour law went into effect, and during the same period the length of lives of the members has been increased from 31 years, 4 months and 20 days to 47 years, 3 months and 12 days. The latest government statistics place the number of cigarmakers who die from pulmonary tuberculosis at 62 per cent., and places them second in the list. The government figures, however, include both union and non-union workers, and as the death rate from pulmonary tuberculosis of union men is 24 per cent., it follows that the death rate of non-union workers is even

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