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November 16, 1901


JAMA. 1901;XXXVII(20):1329. doi:10.1001/jama.1901.02470460043011

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Ft. Robinson, Neb., Nov. 9, 1901.

To the Editor:  —The statement that "cigarettes are the least dangerous form of tobacco," as quoted from Dr. Kuborn's Report to the Royal Medical Academy of Belgium, as noticed in the Paris Letter in The Journal of October 12, seems to challenge justifiable inquiry. A very large percentage of the United States troops who have returned from Cuban service are addicted to this mode of tobacco-using, and—while the modus operandi of cigarette smokers may differ in different parts of the globe—the above mentioned quite generally inhale the smoke for several seconds, and then slowly expel it through the nostrils. By that time it seems to have parted almost entirely with the, at least grosser, products of combustion, as is apparent from its color, and as one might expect from its long and intimate contact with the moist surfaces of the lungs, bronchi, fauces, nares,

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