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Everybody has always known the full risks of smoking, industry apologists and lawyers claim. Well, don't tell these modern day Einsteins, Sherlocks, and DaVincis.

“No lung surgeon will tell you it [lung cancer] is caused by tobacco, although you are two to three times more likely to get lung cancer if you smoke.”

“No doctor will tell me tobacco has caused the problems I have. . . The experts won't confirm that. Maybe it's the stress.”

Australian Finance Minister and lung cancer victim John Fahey. Sources: Farr, M. Fahey to wait until poll to quit “Daily Telegraph/Sunday Telegraph” 2001 May 16. Calling it a day. “Sydney Morning Herald” 2001 May 16.

“It is possible to be a relatively safe smoker . . . You have to weigh it up and find a balance between what is dangerous and what your need for relaxation is. I don't see that a few cigarettes a day will harm you. It is better than being stressed.”

Dr Bruno Timmerman, of Fredericksberg Hospital, Copenhagen. Source: Finch, S. Smokers paradise? “Times of London” 2001 January 16.

“Does cigarette smoking cause lung cancer? Well, I don't …

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