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A newspaper statement that in the medical examination of volunteers to meet the President's call to arms, a very large proportion, it is said as much as 90 per cent., of habitual cigarette users were rejected, has brought out considerable comment and some attempts at refutation of the charge against the popular indulgence. Even prior to the outbreak of hostilities, however, the question of the sanitary dangers of cigarettes was a living one, and it is not long since that an extended symposium, so to speak, upon the subject was published in one of the New York professional publications. In that the general consensus of opinion appeared to be that the maleficent effects of the habit have been very largely exaggerated before the public, and that the evil, if it be such to any extent, was not by any means deserving of all the condemnation it had received. If, however,
THE CIGARETTE EVIL IN ITS MILITARY ASPECT. JAMA. 1898;XXX(23):1360. doi:10.1001/jama.1898.02440750048007
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