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JAMA 100 Years Ago
January 26, 2005


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JAMA 100 Years Ago Section Editor: Jennifer Reiling, Assistant Editor.

JAMA. 2005;293(4):504. doi:10.1001/jama.293.4.504-c

We learn from the London Globe that the government of Spain has had brought to its attention the evils of racial degeneration due to the excessive use of tobacco, especially by the young. The minister of the interior, it is said, has drafted a bill absolutely prohibiting the sale of tobacco, cigars or cigarettes to any person under 17 years of age, under penalty of fines from $10 to $100 for each offense, and of imprisonment in aggravated cases. It is said that the youth of Spain, especially the working classes, are largely ill-nourished and of feeble constitutions, and that much of their scanty income is wasted on tobacco, thus keeping up and aggravating the evil. Tuberculosis makes great ravages among them, and the state of affairs is such that the government evidently thinks it full time to inaugurate a social reform to curb the evil, as far as the use of tobacco by the young is concerned.

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