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Excessive and prolonged use of tobacco, especially cigarettes, seems to be an important factor in the induction of bronchiogenic carcinoma. Among 605 men with bronchiogenic carcinoma, other than adenocarcinoma, 96.5 per cent were moderately heavy to chain smokers for many years, compared with 73.7 per cent among the general male hospital population without cancer. Among the cancer group 51.2 per cent were excessive or chain smokers compared to 19.1 per cent in the general hospital group without cancer.
[Co-author with Evarts Ambrose Graham]
In Ernst Wynder and Evarts Ambrose Graham, 'Tobacco Smoking as a Possible Etiologic Factor in Bronchiogenic Carcinoma', The Journal of the American Medical Association (1950), 143, 336. Graham was an American surgeon (1883-1957).
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Like other addictions, tobacco use can be effectively treated. A wide variety of behavioral interventions have been used for years. In recognition of the important role that nicotine plays in maintaining tobacco use, nicotine replacement therapy is now available. Nicotine gum has been shown to relieve withdrawal symptoms following smoking cessation, and may enhance the effectiveness of behavioral treatments. These treatment measures should be made more widely available to smokers who need them. Unfortunately most party payors do not provide coverage for smoking cessation treatments. On the other hand, treatment for alcoholism and illicit drug use is often covered. And we should eliminate this double standard.
From press conference (16 May 1988) by C. Everett Koop for Surgeon General’s Report-Smoking & Nicotine Addiction being released that day. [In the present time, through the Affordable Care Act many public and private plans are required to cover all seven FDA-approved quit-smoking medications —Webmaster.]
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The injurious agent in cigarettes comes principally from the burning paper wrapper. The substance thereby formed is called “acrolein.” It has a violent action on the nerve centers, producing degeneration of the cells of the brain, which is quite rapid among boys. Unlike most narcotics, this degeneration is permanent and uncontrollable. I employ no person who smokes cigarettes.
[From the Laboratory of Thomas A. Edison, Orange, N.J., April 26, 1914.]
Quoted in Henry Ford, The Case Against the Little White Slaver (1914), Vol. 1, 5.
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What difference is there between a smoker and a suicide, except that the one takes longer to kill himself than the other.
Dic Tnickene Trunkenheit (Drunk without Drinking) (1658). Quoted in Count Egon Corti, A History of Smoking, translated from the German by Paul England (1931), 119.
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Carl Sagan Thumbnail In science it often happens that scientists say, 'You know that's a really good argument; my position is mistaken,' and then they would actually change their minds and you never hear that old view from them again. They really do it. It doesn't happen as often as it should, because scientists are human and change is sometimes painful. But it happens every day. I cannot recall the last time something like that happened in politics or religion. (1987) -- Carl Sagan
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