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RagBrain wrote: "Except Ayn and others never SAID it was best to not smoke, not exercise, etc. They apparently really believed that it didn't matter if they abused/neglected their bodies!"

This is just a stupid smear about Roy.

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I heard somewhere that Rand, when she became convinced smoking caused cancer, went cold turkey on cigarettes.

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This is in Barbara Branden's biography. What convinced her was her own diagnosis. According to the same book, the people around her urged her to make a public statement to this effect, not saying what had changed her mind if she didn't want to, but she refused.

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I heard somewhere that Rand, when she became convinced smoking caused cancer, went cold turkey on cigarettes.

She quit after her doctor noticed a malignancy in one of her lungs. See chapter 31 in The Passion of Ayn Rand.

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