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Thinking It Through


One of the first, perhaps the first country to worry about the health effects of smoking was early Twentieth Century Germany. So, for example, the ’science’ of passive smoking first emerged under the Nazis. You can find more, much more, on this in Robert Proctor’s excellent book, The Nazi War on Cancer.

This rather, um, awkward fact is now discussed in a new article in the British Medical Journal. Predictably (the BMJ is a reliable cheerleader for the anti-tobacco crusade), the author finds it “paradoxical” that these notions should have been developed under a totalitarian state. As Jacob Sullum