Medicine: A Vote for Acquittal

As study after study has established a correlation between prolonged cigarette smoking and lung cancer, nobody has been more concerned, or more silent, than U.S. cigarette makers. Last week, following news that the tars from cigarette smoke have now been proved to cause cancer in mice (TIME, Nov. 30), one of the industry's leaders broke silence. To Paul M. Hahn, president of the American Tobacco Co. (Lucky Strikes), the case against cigarettes is still unproved. Said he:

"No one has yet proved that lung cancer in any human being is directly traceable to tobacco...

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