Soundings

Long hot summer

BMJ 1995; 311 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.311.7012.1097 (Published 21 October 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;311:1097
  1. George Dunea

    This year Chicago had its hottest summer in years, as daily temperatures averaged 24.6° and daily highs 30.3°. In July the heat wave claimed the lives of more than 500 people—mostly elderly, debilitated, or afflicted with terminal illnesses. The tobacco manufacturers also took some heat as the American Medical Association urged congress to regulate the industry so that “the thousands who die from smoking each year will not be replaced by new smokers.” Then the Food and Drug Administration, threatened with downsizing or even extinction, made antismoking its new cause and declared nicotine a drug of addiction, which caused house speaker Newt Gingrich to comment that the FDA had lost its mind. Later President Clinton declared teenage smoking a …

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