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Lasker:

Fortunately.

Q:

Last year you told me that you were hoping that the President would make some sort of a health statement in the --

Lasker:

He didn't do it. They kept promising me, various people in the White House promised me that he was going to make an important health speech. He never made it. Why, I don't know. I guess they couldn't decide on what it would be. Califano has been very busy about emphasizing the dangers of smoking. He's recently mentioned the dangers of alcoholism. He's been enthusiastic about immunizations which will save a few lives, very few, maybe as many as 150. And prevent maybe 150,000 cases of measles and various mild infectious viral diseases. But he has not gone enthusiastically at high blood pressure or has any interest in cancer or any interest in the major things that kill and cripple the people of the United States.

Q:

He's one step before that in terms of anti-smoking.

Lasker:

Yes, well, on the anti-smoking he's excellent, but smoking is an addiction, and unless you find a way to cure an addiction on a large scale, talking isn't going to do it. You can't talk you wife out of it if she smokes, or your husband. Don't you agree?

Q:

No, I don't. It's possible. There has been a lot of talk in the last few months --

Lasker:

But it happens once in a hundred times, I think.



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