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To the Editor:
—The editorial on "The Physical Qualities of Aviators" (The Journal, April 27, 1918, p. 1229) condemns the use of alcoholics by fliers. I have noticed the same condemnation in other articles on the subject. On the face of it, it seems so plain that alcoholic narcosis has no place in so hazardous a task that it is almost unnecessary to mention the prohibition. Doubtless too, if a soldier were known to be under morphin narcosis, he would not be allowed to fly. Singularly enough though, the effect of tobacco narcosis on the aviator is never so much as mentioned. Cigaret narcosis has been conclusively proved to make the victim unsafe both to himself and to his fellow workmen, and by the law of business is not permitted to be indulged during working hours in factories. Can it be possible that such narcosis affects favorably the one who
Tracy JL. AS TO TOBACCO AND AVIATION. JAMA. 1918;70(18):1325. doi:10.1001/jama.1918.02600180053023