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by Abigail Van Buren

Smoking Is Not the Cause of All Lung Cancer Deaths

DEAR ABBY: I think Dr. Leaf was absolutely correct when he said the public has the right to know the cause of death when a prominent person dies.

At 35 years of age, I have already lost a father and my best friend to lung cancer from smoking. Meanwhile, some members of my family continue to smoke.

I only wish that we non-smokers could do more to help those nicotine addicts kick the habit. Actually, the ones I would really like to fight are the tobacco companies. -- BEEN "CLEAN" FOR FOUR YEARS

DEAR "CLEAN": Congratulations, but please don't blame the tobacco companies. We live in a country where people have a right to choose, and adults are responsible for the choices they make.