Sunday, August 17, 2008

1914 - "tens of thousands in the U.S. who die every year from excessive use of cigarettes..."

Congressional Record, August 15, 1914

... there are tens of thousands of people in the United States who die every year from the excessive use of cigareets; and yet I find Senators still pulling away at the cigarette as though t were a perfectly harmless thing. I believe thet Senator will agree with me that there are many thousands of people who die from what is called tobacco cancer, a cancerous growth affecting the throat from overuse of cigars; and we find perhaps 60 percent of the Senators pulling away at the cigar as unconcenrned as though no one were dying as a result of these cigars...

U.S. Congress, Senator Porter James McCumber (R) North Dakota, August 15, 1914

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