Letter: Logical smokescreen

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The Independent Online
Sir: How unfortunate for Mr Turner of the Tobacco Manufacturers' Association that he should write (Letters, 5 September) in the week that your DIY University instructs us in logic and ethics. Readers newly expert in logic will have no difficulty in seeing though his proposition that if some succeed in "giving up" without artificial aids, therefore smoking is not addictive. After all, if it wasn't, "giving up" wouldn't come into it; people would just smoke, now and then, for enjoyment, and stop, now and then.

TIM BELBEN

Wells, Somerset

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