Editor:

Thomas Tallon has written an informative and important letter about the need to reduce the teenage smoking in six upstate counties. The damage that smoking can cause has been proven for many many decades. There is no need to wait for a study as Tallon writes. The statistics he cites about the per capita death rate for cancer is reason enough. Big tobacco is likely to fight the effort so citizens of the North Country need to get organized.

John Fager, New York City

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