Monday, December 12, 2011

The REAL cause of lung cancer

Dr. Douglass is at it again, doing what he does best: exposing the truth.

A new look at data on more than 180,000 people who were tracked for 26 years found that people who lived in the most polluted zip codes had the highest risk — with every 10 units of exposure increasing the odds of lung cancer by as much as 27 percent.

Ah, how refreshing is it to know that in the City of Angels, you are free to breath in all of the smog that your heart desires without ever having to see a smoker enjoying him/herself on an outdoor patio? Ahhhhhh.....Thank you City Council of Los Angeles!! Thanks to you, now we can dine free from the worries of being accompanied by the hovering ghosts of future illness:

This new smoke-free outdoor dining law will protect patrons and workers from the dangerous health effects of breathing in secondhand smoke, and provide nonsmokers and those who are trying to quit with a smoke-free dining experience.

There's nothing like a little fresh air, eh? Hmmm...I wonder what our friends at the American Lung Association have to say about the air quality in Los Angeles:

High Ozone Days Learn More
Ozone Grade: F How is my grade calculated?
Weighted Average: 91.5 Change Since 1996: 14 fewer days this year

View Orange, Red, and Purple Ozone Days
Particle Pollution - 24 Hour Learn More
Grade: F How is my grade calculated?
Weighted Average: 20.0 Change Since 2000: 32.8 fewer days this year

View Orange, Red, and Purple Particle Pollution Days
Particle Pollution - Annual Learn More
Grade: Fail How is my grade calculated?
Design Value 15.8 Change Since 2000: -.6 µg/m3

Groups At Risk Learn More
Total Population: 9,848,011 Risks to the population
Pediatric Asthma: 165,892 Risks to people with Asthma
Adult Asthma: 576,310 Risks to people with Asthma
Chronic Bronchitis: 306,992 Risks to people with Chronic Bronchitis
Emphysema: 141,524 Risks to people with Emphysema
Cardiovascular Disease: 2,496,934 Risks to people with Cardiovascular Disease
Diabetes: 651,091 Risks to people with Diabetes
Children Under 18: 2,500,804 Risks to children and teens
Adults 65 & Over: 1,042,989 Risks to older adults
Poverty Estimate: 1,552,196 Risks to people with low incomes

Jesus bejeezus..It's a good thing that I don't live in Los Angeles anymore. All of that hiking could have given me lung cancer! I wonder if the city council will ban hiking in Griffith Park next. I mean, to remain consistent, they'd have to. Oh, but we all know that consistency and politics mix together about as well as oil and water.

..And Los Angeles is not the only California city to position itself towards (er, at the top) the top of the list of America's most polluted cities:

By Ozone
#1: Los Angeles-Long Beach-Riverside, CA
#2: Bakersfield-Delano, CA
#3: Visalia-Porterville, CA
#4: Fresno-Madera, CA
#5: Sacramento--Arden-Arcade--Yuba City, CA
#6: Hanford-Corcoran, CA
#7: San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA

#8: Houston-Baytown-Huntsville, TX
#9: Merced, CA
#10: Charlotte-Gastonia-Salisbury, NC-SC
#11: San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles, CA
#12: Dallas-Fort Worth, TX
#13: El Centro, CA
#14: Modesto, CA

#14: Washington-Baltimore-Northern Virginia, DC-MD-VA-WV
#16: Cincinnati-Middletown-Wilmington, OH-KY-IN
#17: New York-Newark-Bridgeport, NY-NJ-CT-PA
#18: Knoxville-Sevierville-La Follette, TN
#19: Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ
#20: Philadelphia-Camden-Vineland, PA-NJ-DE-MD
#21: Birmingham-Hoover-Cullman, AL
#22: Chico, CA
#23: Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Gainesville, GA-AL
#24: Pittsburgh-New Castle, PA
#25: Las Vegas-Paradise-Pahrump, NV

By Year Round Particle Pollution

#1: Bakersfield-Delano, CA
#2: Visalia-Porterville, CA

#2: Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ
#2: Los Angeles-Long Beach-Riverside, CA
#5: Hanford-Corcoran, CA
#6: Fresno-Madera, CA

#7: Pittsburgh-New Castle, PA
#8: Birmingham-Hoover-Cullman, AL
#9: Cincinnati-Middletown-Wilmington, OH-KY-IN
#10: Modesto, CA
#10: Louisville-Jefferson County-Elizabethtown-Scottsburg, KY-IN
#12: Charleston, WV
#12: Steubenville-Weirton, OH-WV
#12: Cleveland-Akron-Elyria, OH
#15: Huntington-Ashland, WV-KY-OH
#15: Indianapolis-Anderson-Columbus, IN
#17: St. Louis-St. Charles-Farmington, MO-IL
#17: Detroit-Warren-Flint, MI
#17: Houston-Baytown-Huntsville, TX
#20: Hagerstown-Martinsburg, MD-WV
#21: New York-Newark-Bridgeport, NY-NJ-CT-PA
#22: Lancaster, PA
#22: Dayton-Springfield-Greenville, OH
#24: Knoxville-Sevierville-La Follette, TN
#24: Philadelphia-Camden-Vineland, PA-NJ-DE-MD
#24: York-Hanover-Gettysburg, PA
#24: Parkersburg-Marietta, WV-OH

By Short-Term Particle

#1: Bakersfield-Delano, CA
#2: Fresno-Madera, CA

#3: Pittsburgh-New Castle, PA
#4: Los Angeles-Long Beach-Riverside, CA
#5: Salt Lake City-Ogden-Clearfield, UT
#6: Provo-Orem, UT
#7: Visalia-Porterville, CA
#8: Birmingham-Hoover-Cullman, AL
#9: Logan, UT-ID
#9: Hanford-Corcoran, CA
#9: Sacramento--Arden-Arcade--Yuba City, CA

#12: Modesto, CA
#13: Merced, CA

#14: Eugene-Springfield, OR
#15: San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA
#16: Stockton, CA

#17: Chicago-Naperville-Michigan City, IL-IN-WI
#18: Seattle-Tacoma-Olympia, WA
#19: Fairbanks, AK
#20: Philadelphia-Camden-Vineland, PA-NJ-DE-MD
#21: Macon-Warner Robins-Fort Valley, GA
#22: Louisville-Jefferson County-Elizabethtown-Scottsburg, KY-IN
#23: Green Bay, WI
#24: Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ
#24: Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA
#24: San Jose-San Francisco-Oakland, CA
#24: Madison-Baraboo, WI
#24: Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, IA-IL
#24: Wheeling, WV-OH

It's a good thing that I've moved to Louisiana!


  1. Yes, as many of us either knew or suspected. The "smoking causes lung cancer" mantra was always a bit too pat, a bit too final. It brooks no dissent. Like the AGW crowd's assertion that "the science is settled", the antis would have you believe that smoking = lung cancer is bald fact, rather than unproven theory based on (probably biased) epidemiological research.

    Unfortunately, such is the degree of indoctrination, if you attempt to suggest that there could be culprits other than tobacco to blame for L-C, you will be regarded as deranged. I know this for a fact, since I am fond of saying to any who will listen that I think deisel particulates are responsible, more so than smoking. I am regarded as a nutter.

    So don't get your hopes up JR. TPTB ignore anything that disagrees with their orthodoxy. They would rather see people die through lack of proper research that admit they are wrong.

  2. Nisakiman-

    I don't doubt for a second that smoking (anything) is and can be dangerous for many people. That is why I believe so deeply in the idea of harm reduction and moderation; and I myself won't have a ciggie without a tar blocker/holder. I also don't encourage people to smoke, but at the same time would like to be left alone with regards to my personal choices. Now that I've gotten my disclaimer out of the way, I'd like to point out that there are some smokers that live to be 90+ years old. This demonstrates that while smoking is dangerous for many, it clearly is NOT for others. This is mere fact, for we have living proof. Anyone who fails to recognize the obvious is indeed the nutter. Maybe scientists should figure out what it is that makes it possible for some to live so long, whilst others perish at much younger ages?!

    Also, it is also becoming clear, as Dr. Douglass points out, that smoking is not the ONLY contributor to lung cancer. This is also something that needs to be studied more.

    On another note, I really don't care what other people think of me. Life is too short and there's never enough time to seek out the truth it seems, so why be bothered with the negativity of others that scoff at the idea of questioning the orthodoxy of things? Pfft... Who cares...We've got our own lives to

  3. SHS is a distraction from the truth. The fascist combination of certain polluting industries with government decided long ago to make tobacco into the scap-goat and it's remained that way ever since. The claims against tobacco, mostly all lies, need to be ramped up higher and higher in order to keep decreasing public awareness away from true causes, the fascists in charge do not wish to be exposed. Always was that way, still is. More feel-good but do-nothing useful conceit among the anti-smoking crowd and dumbed down majority who actually support and garner pride to their ego from supporting this nonsense.

  4. Dear JRedHead,

    ASH-UK says: " Within 10-15 years of quitting smoking, an ex-smoker's risk of developing lung cancer is only slightly greater than that of a never-smoker."

    Since a never-smoker's lung cancer can not be blamed on their having smoked, an ex-smoker with about the same risk should have the same lack of causality.

    Do you have any data showing the percentage of current ex's that quit over 15 years ago?

    Gary K.

  5. "Do you have any data showing the percentage of current ex's that quit over 15 years ago?"


    No, I don't. Do you?

    Let me/us know if you come across anything.


  6. You've moved to Louisiana? I've had you firmly in LA for a long time.

    Are you singing the blues now? Or Cajun music? Dr John style..?

    I still play the Firebug CD you gave me, out driving in my car.

  7. I know you from your many posts at Smokers Club Inc. I like your blog here, good job.

    How are you liking Louisiana? It has always been a left-out in America, yes? With its French based legal system and rabid anti government sentiments.

    If it weren't so hot and freaking full of bugs (I hate bugs) it would be the best place in America to live.

    Give us your take on LA. I'm interested.


  8. Frank-

    Sorry for the delayed response...

    "You've moved to Louisiana? I've had you firmly in LA for a long time."

    Yes, we have finally made the big move. Jules and I have been thinking about it for a few years now.

    "Are you singing the blues now? Or Cajun music? Dr John style..?"

    Lol....I've always been singing the blues:-) The band is still together. We have recently found a great new rhythm section here, so it won't be long until we start playing shows again....Dr. John is a serious talent btw! There's lots of great music here. You should come over for a visit.

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  10. Hi Azoria-

    Thanks for stopping by!

    "It (Louisiana) has always been a left-out in America, yes? With its French based legal system and rabid anti government sentiments."

    Yes, and it's the reason why New Orleans has the BEST music and nightclub scene in America right now!!!

    "If it weren't so hot and freaking full of bugs (I hate bugs) it would be the best place in America to live."

    Lol...Yes, there are bugs. I have found that a bit of tea tree oil mixed in with some body lotion helps to keep the critters away somewhat. Oh, but if I forget to use it for one day, they ALWAYS get me. No place is perfect:-)

  11. I wrote about this very same subject yesterday, focusing on some research in Denmark by Dr Knud Wilson.

    "The Cancer Tragedy"

    What do they say about great mind? ;)