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February 23, 1963


JAMA. 1963;183(8):717. doi:10.1001/jama.1963.03700080125041

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To the Editor:  —In the Dec 15 issue of The Journal (182:1094-1098) there appeared an article which contained certain suggestions in an area about which the medical profession does not seem to know what its respective hands are doing. The article, "Experimental Study on Effect of Cigarette Smoke Condensate on Bronchial Mucosa," included the sentence on p 1097: "We believe that the evidence is sufficient to warrant preventive measures. These preventive measures should include an intensive educational program and legislation against advertising..." I have heard recently, also, physicians make comments about public consumption, in which area they desire legislation for the use of safety belts.I know that many of these same physicians, and certainly the majority of us, do not wish legislation for medical practice. How do we justify our attempts to force legislation on others when we wish to remain free of legislation? If we want to

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