E. J. H.
Physicians who conclude that the statistical association between cigarette smoking and lung cancer represents a causal relation must conclude, if only in conscience, that they should help to erase the smoking of cigarettes. Their strategy must be picked carefully. Their campaign, if collective, would be strongly resisted. The tobacco society—all those who profit in coin from the habit—planters, brokers, manufacturers, advertisers—would surely fight back. The more massive, though passive, resistance would be the inertia of the smokers—all those who repeatedly seek for and suck momentary relief from tension and anxiety at the cost of future risks.
Knowledge as a weapon?
H. EJ. What Has Become of the Cuspidor?. Ann Intern Med. ;60:163–164. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-60-1-163
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1964;60(1):163-164.
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