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March 15, 1902


JAMA. 1902;XXXVIII(11):713. doi:10.1001/jama.1902.02480110035007

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In these days of general microbiphobia, new perils to health and life are constantly unfolding themselves before our troubled visions. Some of these as given out are without question exaggerated and comparatively negligible; others, however, are worthy of some attention. The dangers from certain methods sometimes employed by cigar-makers were recognized long ago, even before the popular fear of germs had been aroused. The latest danger from this source is indicated, according to the newspapers, in a warning of the Chicago Board of Health, which pronounces the "mechanical cigar-clippers" in general use where cigars are sold a menace to the health of the community. It is a common practice for a smoker to moisten the tip of his cigar with saliva before inserting it into the clipping machine; he thus leaves whatever pathogenic germs his mouth can convey to infect the next comer. A continual series of such procedures can,

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