Monthly Archives: April 2011

The last epidemiological study on passive smoking what are the conclusions?

This chronologically is the last study done in October 2010 by Brenner et al  into passive smoking and lung cancer what were the numbers? RR then ORs. ETS Exposure At home Adult and/or Child   1.1 0.6-1.9 Childhood 1.0 0.6-1.8 Adulthood … Continue reading

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Fascinating paper on lung cancer

Hat tip Michelle Gervais. Fascinating article on lung cancer. As previously documented the role of the G to T Transversion in inducing lung cancer in smokers, while in non smokers it is normally a mutation of the epidermal growth factor … Continue reading

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British Pub closures 1980-2010

For those statisticians amongst us here are pub closures from 1980 to 2010 supplied by the British Beer and Pub Association.  There seems to be a sudden increase in closures from 2007-2010. https://spreadsheets1.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?hl=en&key=tqzVGoN1smPiztMp-mp0ckg&hl=en

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What have ASH got hidden away until 2077/8?

This is a bit of a head scratcher. Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) have deposited a number of papers with the pharmaceutical company the Welcome Foundation.  The current information  seems to be innocuous but what do ASH know that … Continue reading

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Is lung cancer in non smokers completely different in non smokers?

This is one for anoraks only. Pierre Hainaut of the WHO/IARC and Gerd Pfeifer are experts in the aetiology (causation) of lung cancer via the mutation of the P53 gene. In smokers it is a G to T transversion while … Continue reading

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ASH worried about organised crime involvement in tobacco smuggling

My friends at ASH have this stark essay on who is involved in tobacco smuggling and I quote: “Links to organised crime and terrorism Tobacco smuggling has strong links with terrorist and paramilitary organisations, organised crime syndicates and insurgencies. The enormous profits to … Continue reading

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Violent criminals expand into cigarettes

Article on smuggling in the USA, the numbers are big. WASHINGTON — A recent wave of state tobacco tax increases, designed to pump revenue into cash-strapped local governments, is inspiring an increasingly dangerous cigarette smuggling industry where big profits lure … Continue reading

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