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October 21, 1933

Stop That Smoke!

JAMA. 1933;101(17):1339. doi:10.1001/jama.1933.02740420059032

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"Smog," the combination of smoke and fog, is indicted, convicted and sentenced in this book for one of the high crimes and misdemeanors of the century. Destroyer of buildings, polluter of the air, robber of ultraviolet, foe of economy, thief of light—all these is "smog." The book is a lengthy compilation of facts which all know more or less, though perhaps not in terms of the figures which the author quotes until their reiteration grows tiresome, and the mind, unused to thinking in terms of billions, wearily slides over them with a simple realization that they are enormous, which is after all perhaps all that is necessary. Little progress has been made in smoke abatement, as compared with what has been done for the purification of the water supply, the author points out, probably because smoke damage is insidious and not spectacular as may be the outbreaks o[ill] epidemic water-borne

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