Friday, August 29, 2008

Air-borne pollutants and Cancer

http://www.pr-inside.com/freedom-to-choose-welcomes-new-research-r769883.htm

Freedom To Choose Welcomes New Research On Lung Cancer
2008-08-23 12:07:41 -

A new study by scientists at the Environmental Chemistry department at Louisiana State University concludes that a new form of air pollutant, created from the fine particle residues in automotive exhaust pipes, smokestacks and household chimneys, has been identified which replicates the damage to humans caused by cigarette smoke. ‘Inhaling these pollutants exposes the average person up to 300 times
more free radicals daily than from smoking one cigarette'. (1) (2)

Experts at the pro-choice group Freedom2Choose have acknowledged the conclusions of this report, presented at the American Chemical Society only this week, noting that it seeks to explain the disparities with the claims of tobacco control. It is also reflected in many other studies conducted over the last 50 years which have been hidden behind the Tobacco Control movement.

Andy Davis, Freedom2Choose chairman, comments: 'The conclusions of this study come as no surprise to scientists involved in this type of research. Air-borne pollutants have been a known cause of lung-cancer for over 50 years now. The Medical Research Council, back in 1957, found that up to 30% of all lung-cancers were attributable to air-pollution and this was before the great volumes of traffic appeared on our roads.' (3)

The findings announced by Dr H Barry Dellinger, Ph.D. reflect those of Dr Kitty Little's study in 1998, a research scientist at Oxford, which also forged the link between diesel fumes and lung-cancer. Her evidence concluded that ‘diesel fumes contain four known carcinogens; lung cancer is rare in rural areas, but common in towns; cancers were more prevalent along the routes of motorways; the incidence of lung cancer has doubled in non-smokers over past decades; and that there was less lung cancer when we, as a nation, smoked more.' She also concluded with a damning statement stating, ‘Since the effect of the anti-smoking campaign has been to prevent the genuine cause from being publicly acknowledged, there is a very real sense in which we could say that the main reason for those 30,000 deaths a year from lung cancer is the anti-smoking campaign itself'. (4)

Freedom2Choose believe that the Tobacco Control movement has, on the basis of uncertain epidemiology, already branded and convicted smokers as citizens who harm others with its relentless 'passive smoking' campaign.

Andy Davis continues, 'There should be concern for both non-smokers and smokers alike, with choice being given. We are already witnessing many unwelcome outcomes of the blanket smoking ban with the accelerating decline of our hospitality industry and associated job losses. We certainly believe that choice is missing from the current ban and have devised a traffic light system, whereby smoking can be forbidden, restricted or permitted as part of our campaign, with full use of modern air management systems.' (5)

The current ‘blanket' smoking ban legislation in force within the UK is one of the most stringent within Europe and Freedom2Choose is campaigning for a reform to place the UK more in line with the majority of the other EU countries.
www.freedom2choose.info

References:

(1) www.inthenews.co.uk/news/science/new-pollutant-mirrors-smoking-d ..

(2) www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2008-08/acs-nda072308.php

(3) fds.oup.com/www.oup.co.uk/pdf/0-19-926030-3.pdf Page 45

(4) www.second-opinions.co.uk/diesel_lung_cancer.html

(5) www.freedom2choose.info/docs/F2CNewsletter2-2008.pdf Page 2

Contact Information:
Freedom2Choose

22 Glastonbury House
Priestfields
Middlesbrough
TS3 0LF

Contact Person:
John Baker
Secretary
Phone: 0845 643 9552
email: email

Web: http://www.freedom2choose.info/


Press Information:
Freedom2Choose

22 Glastonbury House
Priestfields
Middlesbrough
TS3 0LF

Contact Person:
John Baker
Secretary
Phone: 0845 643 9552
email: email

Web: www.freedom2choose.info

Enstrom/Kabat California study. Excellent study, while the first 95% of it was funded by the American Cancer Society, the LAST five percent that allowed E/K to publish the results came from the tobacco industry since ACS didn't want to see the results published. Here's the link to the study: http://www.bmj.com/cgi/content/short/326/7398/1057