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April 6, 1964

Newspapers Comment on Labeling

JAMA. 1964;188(1):A30. doi:10.1001/jama.1964.03060270114048

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Editorial comment from leading US newspapers on the proposed FTC regulations on cigaret labeling has included:

  • New York Herald Tribune: "If we're going to start requiring warnings on everything that's dangerous if used to excess, where do we stop? What about liquor? How many people have, quite literally, drunk themselves to an early death, or stumbled in front of a car while potted? Or even candy. Should every toothsome ad warn, 'if not used in moderation, this product may lead to overweight, which can be injurious to health'?...

"People aren't hothouse plants, to be protected by a benevolent government from every risk. There's no secret about the findings of the Surgeon General's committee, and the smoker or potential smoker who hasn't heard about the connection between smoking and cancer probably hasn't heard about the atomic bomb.

"It's right and proper for people and agencies concerned with health to keep

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