Health Third Reich

Smoking in the Third Reich

Contrary to the claim that helpful measures against smoking started in March 2003 at the Geneva “Anti-Tobacco-Convention,” where 171 countries signed the bylaws, the Germans had already in the 1920s educated the public about the dangers of smoking leading to addiction and lung cancer.  Adolf Hitler led a campaign against smoking pointing out its dangers and pitfalls and took strong legal measures to protect the public.

The German Cancer research editorial Journal of Cancer Research (Zeitschrift fuer Krebsforschung),” issued in 1939 the groundbreaking works of Franz Hermann Mueller, Koeln, establishing a connection between smoking and lung carcinoma. This unleashed the most intensive anti-smoking research and anti-smoking campaign in the 20th century via propaganda and practical measures to protect the public. Adolf Hitler, a former smoker, founded the “Institute for Research of Smoking Dangers,” (Institut zur Erforschung der Tabakgefahren), the first of its kind in the world. From then on, people very concerned with the damages on health caused by smoking were literally standing guard over others, as for example the director of the Institute who banished smoking in all rooms of the university and thought nothing of pulling cigarettes right out of the mouth of university students.

German Fritz Lickint issued his standard works on smoking, Tabak und Organismus, Stuttgart, 1939, with nearly 1,200 pages of extensive research and indictment of tobacco, reproving both active and passive smoking; i.e., second hand smoke. Smoking was established as addictive and to be the cause of lung cancer. It was found that smoking was responsible for a dozen of female illnesses.

The anti-smoking propaganda represented smoking as the habit of a person without will power, with lack of self control, and having a character weakness. The slogan, “the German woman does not smoke,” went mainstream. Smoking was forbidden in public transportation, policemen were not allowed to smoke at work, and anyone under 18 was not allowed to light up in public.

But the battle against smoking was not fully won as the “smoking Mafia” had much power. Large tobacco concerns also did their propaganda battles. Perhaps the time was too short for Germany in the 6 years of reconstruction during peace times under Adolf Hitler.

When the Allies raced through Germany as robber convoys, confiscating all intellectual property and research material they desired, they showed no interest in the German cancer research.

After the war cigarettes were massively imported from the US and became a way of trading in the black market for food and other necessities. When the Allies finally admitted decades later that smoking is dangerous and made the public aware of it; they claimed to be the first ones having made the discovery and claimed it as their own.

Compiled and translated from German by Teutonicaworld – Sources: and Der Grosse Wendig, Grabert Verlag, 3. Auflage 2010 – Fred Duswald


April 18, 2012
Mark Weber

Third Reich Health Policies – audio

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Third Reich Germany was a world leader in public health policy and medical research. The regime’s “war on cancer,” for example, was the most vigorous anywhere, and included restrictions on the use of asbestos, bans on carcinogenic pesticides and food dyes, and restrictions on public smoking and cigarette advertising. Years ahead of their colleagues in the US, Third Reich researchers were the first to prove definitively that smoking was the major cause of lung cancer. Hitler’s Germany was also a pioneer in promoting healthier and better quality foods, environmentalism, holistic medicine, animal welfare, and healthier living generally. Such “progressive” and socially beneficial measures were a reflection of the country’s National Socialist world view. Decades of malicious propaganda and deceitful “education,” especially in the US, have inhibited awareness of these and other Third Reich achievements. – Mark Weber, –


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