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Adolf's Rules

December 21, 1986

In regard to the Adolf Hitler/vegetarian debate (Calendar Letters, Dec. 7), with occasional exceptions, Hitler adhered to a vegetarian diet from 1931 on, but there were no exceptions to another Hitler rule--smoking was forbidden in his presence.

He was so much opposed to what he called "nicotine poisoning" that he ordered cigarettes replaced with candy in the Christmas packages sent to German soldiers. Do we conclude from this that only monsters are opposed to smoking and decent people must go through three packs a day?

Incidentally, and at the risk of unleashing a new storm of letters, Hitler had a life-long sweet tooth and often went through two pounds of chocolate a day.

THOMAS FUCHS

Los Angeles

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