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August 3, 1964

Effects of Smoking

JAMA. 1964;189(5):382. doi:10.1001/jama.1964.03070050048021

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To the Editor:—  Dr. Lemere and I are in complete agreement except for his suggestion that nicotine has a tranquilizing effect. All experience shows it to be a stimulant to the sympathetic nervous system. The word "relaxation" is a tricky one. If a person feels less in danger psychologically, he will experience this as a lessening of tension or anxiety and may describe it as "relaxation," although physiologically and psychologically the organism may be operating at an increased level of efficiency.

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