Although Hitler's propaganda minister took pages from the tobacco guru's book in his campaign against the Jews, the Third Reich itself was not keen on cigarettes. Germany, the world’s center of scientific medical research, began its own war on cancer in the 1920s, as it had one of the world’s highest cancer rates. German doctors documented the health hazards of tobacco during World War I, and before that, many German researchers suspected that cancer did not involve local disturbances but was a systemic condition and was based on numerous factors, such as diet, stress, genetics, and other factors. Those researchers proposed largely dietetic solutions that were low in fat, sugar, and protein, and high in fruit and fiber. During the 1920s, German researchers documented the link between smoking and cancer. In 1939, Franz Lickint published , which Robert Proctor called “arguably the most comprehensive scholarly indictment of tobacco ever published.”


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