Friday, April 27, 2012

Anti-oxidants in tobacco?

 I have just come across an interesting piece from Brad Rodu on a recent google search for tobacco and anti-oxidants-

“High antioxidant levels in smokeless products may explain why even long-term users have only a low risk for mouth cancer,” said Dr. Rodu. Carotenoids have been shown to inhibit formation of cancerous lesions and produce clinical regression of white patches called keratoses. Polyphenols, which are responsible for most of the anti-oxidant activity in fruits and vegetables, also inhibit the formation of tumors in experimental systems. 

This is exciting news. Soon there will be various forms of harm reduction cigarettes to choose from. It's just a matter of time now before we see several products emerge on the market, from e-cigarettes, to vaporizers, to novel filtration with anti-oxidants, etc.. 

Progress is at hand.
 
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2 comments:

  1. Gosh, J, you have been busy!

    You are quite right. Lawmakers are beginning to wake up and see what sort of monster they have released. Having passed laws, supposedly for the health of workers and children, they are beginning to see that the health of workers and children has nothing to do with it. In fact, it has never been about the health of workers and children - those have been excuses. No...it has always been about simply stopping people smoking by hook or by crook. It has always been an avowed aim of ASH ET AL to 'stop people smoking where they typically smoke'. The two prongs of the attack has always been, a) to demonise smokERS, and, b) to denormalise smokING.

    It is good to see tobacco companies doing a little something in the way of decent outdoor shelters, and it is good to see ecigs being shown to be riskless, and it is good to see some science extolling the positive effects of whatever is in ecigs.

    The battle in the UK about plain packaging will be lost unless people stop allowing ASH ET AL to control the debate. People must shout:

    THIS HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH CHILDREN! - and concentrate on the real intentions. That is, to further 'denormalise' the enjoyment of tobacco, to further demonise those who enjoy tobacco and to GAIN CONTROL OF THE SIZE AND SHAPE OF FAG PACKETS.

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  2. It's all about control Junican....and money. I do believe, however, that there are some lawmakers that have a conscience, which gives me hope for the future. Of course, it always helps if we make our voices heard.

    You're right: It's never been about the children or the health of smokers. If that were the case, they would have been promoting harm reduction decades ago. Instead, they buried (temporarily) anyone and everything remotely related to the research of a reduced harm cigarette. Once people begin to realize this, public opinion will swing back in our direction.

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