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July 8, 1968


JAMA. 1968;205(2):23-34. doi:10.1001/jama.1968.03140280005003

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Symposium On Tobacco And Health: Research Adds Strength To Statistics  During the months that cigarettes were becoming "just a silly millimeter longer," knowledge about tobacco's effects on health was progressing considerably.The bulk of recent research has strengthened earlier statistical evidence of the relationship between cigarette smoking and certain diseases, commented Stanhope Bayne-Jones, MD. The former dean of Yale's School of Medicine chaired a special symposium on tobacco and health at the AMA's Annual Convention in San Francisco.Although many questions remain, laboratory data have begun to join inference and casual clinical observations, panelists agreed. Following are some of the answers, some based on hypotheses and others on recent data, which were offered by symposium participants. Each of the 18 research teams reporting is a grantee of the AMA-Education and Research Foundation project on tobacco and health.

Does smoking contribute to sudden death?  Several studies have shown that coronary