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The Nation

Surgeon General C. Everett Koop, who has said snuff and chewing tobacco pose a cancer threat, appointed a panel to prepare a comprehensive report that may influence whether the government requires warning labels on “smokeless tobacco” products and advertising. Koop’s personal opinion is already clear. He said in December that “smokeless tobacco, including snuff, does indeed pose a cancer threat and is associated as well with certain other pathologic oral conditions.”


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