Sunday, August 23, 2009

More News On The Smoking Front

If you're not sure of my position on smokers rights, learn. I stumbled across this post over at The Astute Bloggers, thanks gents! This study posits that there are some very specific genetics required in order for smoking to substantially increase your risk for cancer:
"Specific differences associated with lung cancer risk were found on chromosomes 5, 6 and 15.

Those with certain genetic changes on chromosome 5 were more likely to get a type of cancer called adenocarcinoma and the region highlighted on chromosome 6 seemed to influence whether a patient developed adenocarcinoma or another type called squamous cell carcinoma.

On chromosome 15, they pinpointed two independent sites that have a role in whether or not a smoker develops lung cancer.

These areas of the genome contain a family of genes that influence smoking behaviour but also cell growth and cell death.

Current or former smokers who carry one copy of each of these genetic variants increase their risk of lung cancer by 28%.

That increases to 80% in smokers who carry two copies.

Those who had the genetic changes but did not smoke had no increased risk of lung cancer."
Once again, the health effects of smoking have been wildly overinflated in order to serve a political agenda. Bottom line, a la Chris Crocker: Leave Smokers Alone!

2 People Have Had Their Say:

Patrick Joubert Conlon on August 24, 2009 at 7:42 PM said...

Did you see this?

classicaliberal on August 24, 2009 at 8:54 PM said...

That is the awesomeiest thing I've ever read, evah! I have to question the motives of a guy trying to push a book, though. Here's an example of why...


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