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Weiss KG, Matulewicz RS, Moreton E, Shoenbill KA, Milowsky MI, Rose TL, Kim WY, Goldstein AO, Bjurlin MA.


Cigarette smoking is the leading preventable cause of cancer worldwide and associated with substantial morbidity. Here, we chronicle how the relationship between smoking and the development of bladder cancer came to be understood. We describe the evidence that established the causal effect of smoking cigarettes on bladder cancer and highlight the scientists involved in these discoveries. Using Surgeon General’s Reports, from the mid-1900’s to 2020, we provide a historical narrative of the discovery of the link between cigarette smoking and bladder cancer.


History of the Relationship Between Smoking and Bladder Cancer: A Public Health Perspective. Urology. 2022 Aug 14:S0090-4295(22)00705-1. doi: 10.1016/j.urology.2022.08.007. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 35977631.

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