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April 24, 1943

Tobacco and Health: Some Facts About Smoking

JAMA. 1943;121(17):1418. doi:10.1001/jama.1943.02840170102029

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This is a summary on effects of tobacco in relation to health, based on the theory that the average citizen given all the facts ought to be capable of making up his mind, especially if he is told how the facts are developed. Following this theory the authors have taken the various phases of tobacco smoking and have set down what they conceive to be the facts for and against the use of tobacco in various forms. Typical of their approach is the handling of the question of smokers versus nonsmokers in athletics. In this section, which constitutes chapter VII of the brief monograph, they deal with performance in cross country runs by heavy smokers, moderate smokers, nonsmokers and the totals. These are all in favor of the nonsmokers. With respect to sprints they indicate that there is no difference between the performance of smokers and nonsmokers. In swimmers nonsmokers

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