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In Reply.—Tobacco was a major part of the economy of colonial America 250 years ago, and several of the founders of this great country were the owners of large tobacco plantations. That was over two centuries ago, and we have gained enough experience and information about the consequences of tobacco usage to know that it poses a clear and present danger to the citizens of this country.
Today, the tobacco interests are strong and determined, and they recognize that the public is becoming aware of the risks inherent in the use of their product. They have money, advertising, political clout, and millions of addicted consumers on their side.
We are not likely to have a smokeless society by the year 2000, but that does not diminish our responsibility to educate our patients about the dangers of tobacco, in any form, and to assist those who want help in overcoming
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