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October 13, 1951


JAMA. 1951;147(7):668. doi:10.1001/jama.1951.03670240052014

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The Bureau of Medical Economic Research of the American Medical Association has made available for some time data on expenditures for personal pleasure, necessities of life, and illness. The Bureau has shown conclusively that the money spent for illness is small when compared to that used for more pleasant interests. There long has been advanced the idea that if even an amount equal to that used for tobacco were put aside it would provide the necessary monetary cushion when illness strikes. Neither the Bureau nor the Association has suggested that one should give up tobacco, believing that such a choice is for the user to make. If he derives pleasure let him partake, unless tobacco should be omitted because of possible harmful effects on his health. We have contended repeatedly, however, that the user of tobacco or alcohol, the person who drives a car for pleasure, and those who enjoy

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