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Advising smokers to quit: baling out Titanic with teaspoon

BMJ 2001; 323 doi: (Published 18 August 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;323:402
  1. Seth Jenkinson, general practitioner (
  1. Mixenden Stones Surgery, Halifax, Yorkshire HX2 8RQ

    EDITOR—I have spent 30 years advising smokers to stop smoking, and I feel as if I'm baling out the Titanic with a teaspoon. Coleman and West and the Thorax team earnestly provide us with more evidence based teaspoons,1 but we may be making the problem worse.

    Firstly, our …

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