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December 3, 1927


JAMA. 1927;89(23):1969-1970. doi:10.1001/jama.1927.02690230053016

The use of tobacco has been greatly extended in this country in recent years. Smoking has not only maintained its popularity among men but also is attaining greater and greater vogue among the women The per capita consumption of the "weed" in the United States is well above six pounds per annum; in view of the fact that smoking is not indulged in by many people, the use of tobacco by its devotees must be expressed by far larger figures. In terms of cigars and cigarets, they involve billions every year. These facts alone warrant the securing of adequate information with regard to many aspects of the problem of tobacco smoking. Heretofore interest has been centered primarily on nicotine, a potent alkaloid present in varying quantities in the tobacco and transferred to a considerable degree—probably 30 per cent—to the smoke produced by the combustion of the leaf. Of course, the