Medicine: Smoking & Cancer (Contd.)

In an effort to stop the unscientific bickering that has raged for years over scientific evidence linking heavy cigarette smoking to lung cancer, four prestigious organizations* set up a seven-man study group. Chairman: the University of Wisconsin's Biochemist Frank M. Strong. Last week the group's findings were out. Big black headlines in the press notwithstanding, the report contained no new evidence, represented instead a careful appraisal of all the published (and some unpublished) data. Conclusions:

¶Cigarette smoking is indeed a major cause of lung cancer. The risk increases with the amount smoked, averages...

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