September 22, 2005


A few cigarettes a day 'deadly' (BBC, 9/22/05)

Smoking just one to four cigarettes a day almost triples a person's risk of dying of heart disease, according to Norwegian researchers.

Their work suggests the health impact is stronger for women and that even "light" smokers face similar diseases to heavier smokers, including cancer.

Posted by Orrin Judd at September 22, 2005 10:00 AM

Boy, you just love worshipping at the altar of "SCIENCE!!!" when it suits your agenda, don't ya?

Posted by: Governor Breck at September 22, 2005 10:45 AM

There was no science to that effect when they earned the nickname, just common sense.

Posted by: oj at September 22, 2005 10:56 AM

Folks around here called 'em "cancer sticks".

Posted by: Dave W. at September 22, 2005 11:15 AM

"Dr Ken Denson of the Thame Thrombosis and Haemostasis Research Foundation questioned the validity of the figures.

He said other large studies had not found that smoking fewer than 10 cigarettes daily increased the risk of heart disease."

Posted by: andy at September 22, 2005 1:46 PM

I don't smoke between one and four cigarettes, so I guess this doesn't apply to me.

Seriously, given how much the anti-tobocco side lies (see all the bogus SHS studies, some published by the same biased journal that published these results) why should anyone listen to them any more?

Posted by: carter at September 22, 2005 2:06 PM


Their health.

Posted by: oj at September 22, 2005 2:11 PM

Many of us who smoke do so for health reasons - mental health:

Posted by: carter at September 22, 2005 2:27 PM

Basically, what this study is saying is if you're gonna smoke, be a three pack a day smoker. And no filter tips, ya baby!

Posted by: Governor Breck at September 22, 2005 3:05 PM


Self-destructive behavior isn't mentally healthy.

Posted by: oj at September 22, 2005 5:18 PM

Exactly. Well put.

Posted by: at September 22, 2005 5:43 PM

I'm not sure when "cancer sticks" was coined, probably mid-60s. Before that they were called "coffin nails." According to one of my dictionaries that term goes back to 1888. So more than 70 years before the surgeon general's report there was enough anecdotal evidence around for a very negative term to enter the language.

Around 1918 there was a song, I believe written by Irving Berlin, with the lyrics ". . . ashes to ashes, dust to dust, if the Camels don't get you the Fatimas must." Not scientific, but a clear indication that some level of awareness was penetrating the popular culture.

Posted by: George B at September 23, 2005 1:21 PM