Dear Congressman Abbitt

“Dear Congressman Abbitt”

Virginians and National Politics, 1948-1973

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This pamphlet, released by the Tobacco Growers Information Committee, includes differing opinions on the cause of lung cancer. The committee stated that the aim of the pamphlet was to inform readers on the importance of tobacco in the national…

Clarence Little, Scientific Director of the Tobacco Industry Research Committee, replied in the negative to a query by Abbitt about whether there were any new findings in support of significant connections between smoking and lung cancer. Abbitt…

An unnamed writer sent Abbitt a newspaper clipping about a program designed to educate high school and college students about health risks of smoking. The writer declared: “This will hurt your great tobacco industry that has advertisements showing…

James Montecino of Quebec City, Canada, wrote Abbitt to express his skepticism about the "rubbish" being written about the adverse affects of cigarette smoking. He explained to Abbitt that he smoked many cigarettes and was in good health.

This is a letter sent by nine year old Richard Emmerson, with a response from Abbitt. Emmerson implored Abbitt to prevent the sale of tobacco products, in the wake of the Surgeon General's declaration on the dangers of smoking in 1964. Abbitt…

A medical journal article investigating and discussing the evidence linking smoking to different forms of cancer.

Nichols of Dixon, Illinois wrote to Abbitt about the damage being done to the tobacco industry by reports by "irresponsible experts try to scare our people have them in constant terror." Such experts "destroy not only our Industries but our GREAT…

This memo, prepared for a newspaper, discussed the statement by the Surgeon General of the Public Health Service that there was overwhelming evidence to suggest that smoking causes lung cancer.

An information circular distributed by the Tobacco industry in response to the growing public awareness and questions regarding the connection between smoking and lung cancer.

George D. Gillespie wrote to Abbitt in response to an article by Abbitt published in the American Legion magazine (January 1966). In his letter, Gillespie contended that cigarette smoking helped him overcome tuberculosis and objected that Veteran…
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