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A Right of Self Termination J David Velleman Ethics Vol 109 No 3 Apr 1999 pp 606 628 Stable URL http links jstor org sici sici 0014 1704 28199904 29109 3A3 3C606 3AAROS 3E2 0 CO 3B2 A Ethics is currently published by The University of Chicago Press Your use of the JSTOR archive indicates your acceptance of JSTOR s Terms and Conditions of Use available at http www jstor org about terms html JSTOR s Terms and Conditions of Use provides in part that unless you have obtained prior permission you may not download an entire issue of a journal or multiple copies of articles and you may use content in the JSTOR archive only for your personal non commercial use Please contact the publisher regarding any further use of this work Publisher contact information may be obtained at http www jstor org journals ucpress html Each copy of any part of a JSTOR transmission must contain the same copyright notice that appears on the screen or printed page of such transmission The JSTOR Archive is a trusted digital repository providing for long term preservation and access to leading academic journals and scholarly literature from around the world The Archive is supported by libraries scholarly societies publishers and foundations It is an initiative of JSTOR a not for profit organization with a mission to help the scholarly community take advantage of advances in technology For more information regarding JSTOR please contact support jstor org http www jstor org Tue Feb 12 16 39 02 2008 A Right of Self Termination J David Elleman Getting cancer changed my feelings about people who smoke I remember hearing a fellow philosopher expound with a wave of his cigarette on his right to choose whether to live and die smoking or to quit and merely survive I was just beginning a year of chemotherapy and mere survival sounded pretty good to me But I was the visiting speaker and my hosts were unaware of my diagnosis Several of them lit up after dinner as we listened to their colleague s disquisition



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