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Dr. Morton L. Levin, one of the first researchers to link smoking to lung cancer, has died at 91.

Levin tracked patients at Roswell Park Memorial Institute in Buffalo from 1938 to 1950 and found that lung cancer occurred more than twice as often among smokers as non-smokers.

In 1950 he wrote one of the first two studies showing that smokers were more likely to get lung cancer than non-smokers.

He campaigned against smoking throughout his career. In 1954, as an assistant commissioner of the state Department of Health, Levin was on a panel that advised the public to stop smoking.

From 1959 to 1967, he was chief of epidemiology at Roswell Park. In 1960, he urged the American Cancer Society to campaign against cigarette advertising.


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