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October 17, 2018

On this date ...

1968: A 13-year-old girl had written newspaper columnist Dear Abby with a concern.

"I am worried," she wrote. "I read somewhere that a girl can get cancer from kissing a boy who smokes a lot if the boy happens to have an open cut on his tongue or lip. Is this true?"

Abby responded:

"No, it's not true, although there are other diseases which are transmitted ...

"You are old enough to read, but you're hardly old enough to go in for the kind of kissing you describe ... (T)he word from here is to read more and kiss less, and you won't have to worry."

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