Despite dissolving their research ties to the tobacco industry, the AMA still had reservations about tackling the tobacco and health issue. In a 1982 memo, the editor of JAMA warned the journal’s editorial staff that certain subjects were deemed politically sensitive to AMA leadership, specifically tobacco, nuclear war, and abortion.
“New Health Warnings Unneeded”
Newsletter article The Tobacco Observer, page 1
“‘Lung Cancer Remains A Mystery’”
Newsletter article The Tobacco Observer, page 6
“Particularly Sensitive Political Issues”
Memorandum from George D. Lundberg, MD, editor of the Journal of the American Medical Association, to editorial staff members
September 7, 1982