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May 21, 1960


Author Affiliations

University of Texas Galveston

JAMA. 1960;173(3):293-295. doi:10.1001/jama.1960.03020210073019

To the Editor:—  Congratulations on the publication of the recent article "Statistics and Tobacco."1 It is either the first or one of the first published by The Journal giving the fallacies in some of the data used to support an alleged relationship between smoking and lung cancer. Science itself and the attitude of the public to scientific problems will correctly develop only when both sides of a problem are presented. To correctly interpret scientific data, it is necessary to give equal thought to those findings that seem to be in opposition to one's own views. A few recent observations will show the necessity for continued scientific evaluation of the problem of the rising incidence of lung cancer.There is no significant correlation between the amount of tobacco consumed and the death rate from cancer of the lung in the United States.2 In England and Wales the number of