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February 10, 1906


JAMA. 1906;XLVI(6):438. doi:10.1001/jama.1906.02510330044015

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In spite of the rather spasmodic enforcement of anti-spitting regulations, there are some valuable results of the agitation. Many spitters have been led to see themselves as others see them and have reformed to acertain extent. The promiscuous spitting that used to be common in cars and in public places is certainly lessened and the improvement is still progressing. A Rochester (N. Y.) paper says that the educational effect of the agitation has been marked in that vicinity. The work of the enactments, so far as they have been made, has been mainly educative, the few instances of their enforcement serving mostly to point a moral. There is a certain class of mankind to whom only penalties will appeal, but for the great mass of approximately decent people the agitation of the subject is constantly being more and more effective. The bad habit of spitting in public places bids fair

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