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So Smoking Doesn’t Cause Lung Cancer

Daily Mail:: 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 … Continue reading

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Yet Another New Wave

Ideas come in waves. And they sweep the world. Big ideas are like tsunamis. Little ideas are like ripples on a placid millpond. And like those ripples they spread in ever-widening circles, criss-crossing each other. In the past, ideas travelled … Continue reading

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The Disease of Antismoking

About 6½ minutes into her interview of Dmitry Kosyrev, Emily Wieja asked him if he thought that scaremongering about tobacco was a Western idea. And Dmitry agreed that this “ugly example” was “a Western disease.” He’s quite right, of course. … Continue reading

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The Fallout Hypothesis Revisited Again

The Fallout Hypothesis of lung cancer re-appeared in the comments yesterday, provoking an interesting discussion. The idea, in part, was that men got lung cancer more often than women because men spent more time outdoors under a rain of radioactive … Continue reading

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The Two Great Truths of the Modern Era

The Two Great Truths of the modern world are, firstly, that Smoking Causes Lung Cancer, and secondly, that Carbon Dioxide Causes Global Warming. Both are regarded as being the kind of Settled Science of which only the ignorant and uneducated … Continue reading

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The Nazi Origins of Tobacco Control

I’ve been thinking this morning that the UK smoking ban of 1 July 2007 was the culmination of a very long slow process, and not any sort of new and surprising revolution. For the war on smoking has been going … Continue reading

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Certainty

A couple of days ago I was referring to my copy of Smoking: The Cancer Controversy by Sir Ronald Fisher, published in 1959. The book opens with a letter he had written in 1957, which begins: Your annotation on “Dangers … Continue reading

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