The Constitutional Hypothesis

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This article is part of the Tobacco portal on Sourcewatch funded from 2006 - 2009 by the American Legacy Foundation.

The Constitutional Hypothesis was a theory held inside Philip Morris in the early 1970s that people have a genetic predisposition for early mortality that is linked to difficulty adapting to the problems of existence. This would allow them to link smoking not to genetic factors, but to the "frustrations that these relatively unadaptable people experience." [1]

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  1. J. Lincoln, "The Description of the Constitutional Hypothesis", Memo, Bates Number 1005136046, July 20, 1972.

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