We all know for a fact that cigarettes cause cancer. It’s not even a debate. And everyone knows that nicotine is bad for you and tobacco causes lung cancer, right? Well, we’ve been smoking tobacco for thousands of years. Yet only recently have we added all these additives and chemicals, which begs the question… Does tobacco cause cancer? Or is it the chemicals that cause cancer, and not the tobacco itself?
This is the other side of the story
Does Tobacco Cause Lung Cancer?
Dr. Victor Buhler, Pathologist at St. Joseph Hospital in Kansas City: “I have examined thousands of lungs both grossly and microscopically. I cannot tell you from examining a lung whether or not its former host had smoked.” (link)
Nearly 80% of people diagnosed with lung cancer now, in 2012, are non-smokers
– Dr. Duane Carr. Professor of Surgery at the University of Tennessee writes:
Dr. Sheldon Sommers, Pathologist and Director of Laboratories at Lenox Hill Hospital, in New York: “…it is not possible grossly or microscopically, or in any other way known to me, to distinguish between the lung of a smoker or a nonsmoker. Blackening of lungs is from carbon particles, and smoking tobacco does not introduce carbon particles into the lung.” (link)
But, what if tobacco is not only NOT harmful to your health but actually good for you? The heresy…
We have all heard about how the Indians in America used tobacco for its medicinal properties, although there is not much evidence to back that up, or is there?
The following is from the US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health
Medicinal uses of tobacco in history by Anne Charlton, BA PhD
” In the 15th century, when the use of Nicotiana by the indigenous populations in the New World was first observed by Columbus and the plant was brought to Europe, all herbs were considered to have potential therapeutic properties and this new one was used to treat a wide range of conditions. Indeed, Nicotiana acquired a reputation as a panacea, to the extent of being called the ‘holy herb’ and ‘God’s remedy’.6 To understand the enthusiasm of Tudor doctors for this newly discovered herb, it is useful to look at the background.
…tobacco itself was variously called petum, betum, cogioba, cohobba, quauhyetl, picietl or yietl, and these names sometimes appeared later in herbals or pharmacopoeias.”
…As early as 15 October 1492 Columbus noted that dried leaves were carried by a man in a canoe near the island of Ferdinandina because they were esteemed for their healthfulness.9 In the same year, two members of his crew observed people in what is now Cuba carrying a burning torch that contained tobacco, the purpose of which (it later emerged) was to disinfect and help ward off disease and fatigue.
…It was perhaps in 1500 that the notion of tobacco as a panacea became prevalent. In that year, a Portuguese explorer, Pedro Alvarez Cabral, in Brazil, reported the use of the herb betum for treating ulcerated abscesses, fistulas, sores, inveterate polyps and many other ailments, and said it was called the holy herb because of its powerful virtue in desperate cases.6 Also, reports on medicinal use of tobacco by Native American populations continued to emerge in quantity. For example, in 1529, a Spanish missionary priest, Bernadino de Sahagun, collected information from four Mexican physicians about use of tobacco for medicinal purposes. He recorded that breathing the odour of fresh green leaves of the plant relieved persistent headaches. For colds and catarrh, green or powdered leaves should be rubbed around inside the mouth. Diseases of glands in the neck could be cured by cutting out the root of the lesion and placing on it crushed tobacco plant hot and mixed with salt, on the same spot.”
In a world of poisonous air, perhaps an age old hobby could provide some relief to our modern day maladies.
- Tobacco tar is known to protect against the damaging effects of Asbestos, cure Asthma and prevent Breast Cancer.
- Nicotine has been shown to stop Tuberculosis in its tracks.
- Carbon Monoxide may prevent Heart attacks and Stroke.
- Parkinson’s disease is associated with non-smoking.
- Alzheimers disease is associated with non-smoking.
- Less than 3% of smokers die of lung cancer, even if they smoked chemical ridden generic cigarettes.
- According to the Journal of Theoretic, Smoking simply does not cause Lung Cancer.
- Researchers attempted to induce lung-cancer in thousands of mice through exposure to chronic levels of tobacco smoke (equivalent to 200 cigarettes a day in some cases) every study failed.
- One study even proved that chronic exposure to tobacco smoke protected mice from cancer induced by nuclear radiation.
- Smoking has a protective effect on immunological abnormalities in asbestos workers.
Some of these facts are from: The Institute of Immunology and Experimental Therapy (Poland). Lange, A. “Effect of Smoking on Immunological Abnormalities in Asbestos Workers.
Since Google has since scrubbed the web of dissenting opinions, it may be hard to come by some of the sources.
This information can also be found in the records of the University of London, School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. “Cancer of the Lung Among Asbestos Factory Workers.”
Many other studies show similar findings for asbestos workers, for instance:
The Journal of Toxicology & Applied Pharmacology, Vol. 61: pp 1-17 (1981)
Doctors speak out:
Tobacco may not be the problem. Perhaps the problem is our impulse. The idea that smoking a tobacco pipe may take more time to prepare, but lighting up a chemical-laden cigarette is easy and instant, even if less enjoyable.
Lungs taken from people who puffed a pack a day for more than 20 years safe for transplant.
‘Nicotine – The Zombie Antidote’
A comprehensive review of the many health benefits of smoking Tobacco