6,000 Brits who have never smoked die of lung cancer annually, with rates rising
Scientists say non-smokers will overtake smokers among sufferers in a decade
Clearly it’s not just smoking that causes lung cancer, if more and more non-smokers are getting the disease.
There has to be some other cause.
And maybe this unknown other cause will prove to have been what was causing smokers to get lung cancer.
For example, many smokers light their cigarettes and pipes and cigars using matches. Matches have incendiary tips. What if the carcinogen is in the match tips, and gets inhaled while lighting up? The smokers who used matches to light up would be the ones who got lung cancer, while the rest would not. And because matches have multiple uses (lighting fires, lighting candles, and so on) for non-smokers as well as smokers, some non-smokers would get lung cancer too.
It would take a detailed investigation of people’s habits to reveal such a culprit. And most likely it’s got nothing to do with matches either.
A few words further down the article caught my eye:
‘Despite advances in our understanding…’
Their understanding is still advancing? I thought the whole thing was done and dusted. I thought everybody knew that smoking causes lung cancer, and they’ve known it for 70 years and more.
‘The stigma of smoking has been the major factor behind the lack of interest in, knowledge of and research into lung cancer.’
Why do any research into lung cancer if you already think you know what causes it?
Clearly they’re going to have to start all over again with lung cancer research. Who are they going to point the finger at next? Who are they going to bully and browbeat next? In another article, new suspects are suggested.
Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) released by cosmetics, deodorants and cooking fumes might be connected to rise
So next we’re likely to be told to stop cooking and stop wearing cosmetics. A different bunch of people will be demonised.
Will tobacco be exonerated? Will smoking bans be lifted? Will smokers be recalled from exile? Will they be given reparations?
Of course not.
I had an email from my Conservative MP a couple of days ago. I thought it would be about Brexit. But it was about a bird shooting ban. James Delingpole opines:
It’s not hard to see why Packham is so unpopular. He may live in the country but his sensibilities are those of the kind of townie who thinks that milk comes ready-skimmed in bottles from factories. He doesn’t give a damn about rural communities or the traditions that bind them or the relationship country folk have forged with their natural environment over many centuries. That’s why he’s just ridden roughshod over one of their most important freedoms: the ability to shoot avian pests — such as pigeons, rooks, and magpies — on their own land.
Packham’s campaign organisation Wild Justice has successfully ensured that it is now illegal for people to shoot nuisance birds on their own land. It did this by forcing Natural England — the quango partly responsible for policing rural affairs — to rescind the General Licence that farmers, gamekeepers, and such like are required by law to have if they are to shoot birds on their land.
This isn’t on my regular beat, but it is yet another ban. Chris Packham is clearly another arrogant little bully who thinks he knows better than other people what’s good for them.
There are a lot of them around these days.