1925 CANCER DATA
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Toxic Tobacco Smoke (TTS)
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bert L. Lombard and Carl B. Doering, "Cancer Studies . . . Habits, Characteristics and Environment of Individuals With And Without Cancer," 198 New England Journal of Medicine (#10) 481-487 (26 April 1928). The 1925 data showed already then existing data on premature deaths among smokers at a higher rate than among nonsmokers. Here are key words Drs. Lombard and Doering reprinted from the 1925 chart (Table 19, p 485): Some people spread the myth that the discovery of the link between TTS and cancer is recent. Not so. Note the fact of a 1925 medical book covering the subject, by Frederick Hoffman, Third and Fourth Quarterly Report of the San Francisco Cancer Survey (Prudential Press, 1925).
Indeed, as early as in 1761, Dr. John Hill, a London physician, had recorded an early observation linking tobacco (specifically, snuff) and cancer. In his analysis, “Cautions Against the Immoderate Use of Snuff,” he said “snuff is able to produce . . . swellings and excrescences” in the nose.
By 1836, it was well-established “that thousands and tens of thousands die of diseases of the lungs generally brought on by tobacco smoking. . . . How is it possible to be otherwise? Tobacco is a poison. A man will die of an infusion of tobacco as of a shot through the head.”—Samuel Green, New England Almanack and Farmer's Friend (1836).
Cigarettes contain and emit Toxic Tobacco Smoke (TTS) and impair the immune system. This combination makes cigarettes dangerous across-the-board, and specifically, a risk factor in cancer.
This type data rebuts the myth that the discovery of the link between TTS and cancer is recent. Not so. Note the 1925 medical book covering the subject by FrederickHoffman, Third and...