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The inconsistencies reported in relation to the different methods of smoking have already been considered (see page 16), but no reference has yet been made t o inhaling. It would commonly be expected that any effect of cigarette smoking would be most noticeable among persons who inhaled the smoke, and both Lickint (1953) and Breslow and his co-workers (1954) found that a higher proportion of patients with lung cancer than of control patients said they inhaled. On the other hand, Doll and Hill (1952) found no difference in the proportion of inhalers in the two groups, although there was a suggestion that inhaling might be commoner among men with peripheral growths and even less common than among the controls in men with central growths.

The number of men employed in all these occupations taken together constitutes only a small fraction of the total number of men employed in industry, and the number of cases of lung cancer due to these special hazards can have contributed only a very small proportion t o the total number of cases. , radioactive substances and benzpyrene. It is also of interest, as was pointed out by Smith (1953), that the majority of the specific industrial risks appear to be related to inorganic substances, whereas occupational tumors of other organs have usually been traced to organic compounds.

F . Several authors have pointed out that the mucosa of the lip, mouth, and larynx also comes into contact with cigarette smoke and yet the mortality from cancer of these sites, in contrast with the mortality from lung cancer, has remained stationary or has fallen (Hueper, 1954; Passey, 1954; Maxwell, 1955). , 1953), so that a reduction in mortality from cancer a t these sites would have been expected t o occur as smoking habits were switched from cigars and pipes t o cigarettes. The evidence with regard t o laryngeal cancer is more conflicting.

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