HC Deb 04 May 1916 vol 82 c128

asked the Under-Secretary of State for War whether there are a very large number of men of the Expeditionary Force in hospital with what is called trench heart, but which is really the result of excessive cigarette and tobacco smoking; and, seeing that the number of cases is increasing, will he have the matter looked into with a view to remedying the evil?


A certain number of cases of disordered action of the heart are occurring, the so-called "soldiers' heart." This is being investigated in a hospital specially set aside for the purpose. We have no evidence that the number of cases is increasing at present. By some observers this condition is attributed to excessive cigarette and tobacco smoking, and this is being looked into by skilled experts.