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Internet "Health Warnings": Are You Hitting the Delete Button or Taking Action?

Lisa Schulmeister
CJON 2002, 6(5), 251 DOI: 10.1188/02.CJON.251

How many times in the past year have you received e-mail messages with the subject lines “Antiperspirants cause breast cancer!” or “Tampons contain dioxin and dioxin causes cancer!”? Other e-mail “warnings” that have made the rounds include those describing cases of hepatitis and AIDS that supposedly occurred as a result of needle pricks sustained when unsuspecting individuals reach into the coin returns of vending machines and pay phones.

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