Planning to Go "Light" on Cigarettes? You Might Want to Think Twice, Study Says

Khryss | Published 2017-05-24 19:20
I should've known earlier... Use of low tar or light cigarettes isn't a healthier option to regular ones, a recent study says. In fact, researchers at Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center-Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute, together with five other universities, found that these so-called "light" cigarettes may instead increase one's susceptibility to having a lung cancer. Called lung adenocarcinoma, this particular type has actually been on the rise over the last 50 years and is the most common form of lung cancer nowadays. This is because such variety of cigarette has holes in its filter. Obviously, the holes increase the smoke inhaled which consequently allow smoker to breath in higher levels of carcinogens, mutagens and other toxins as well. "This was done to fool smokers and the public health community into thinking that they actually were safer," Dr. Peter Shields, deputy director of the OSUCCC-James and a lung medical oncologist, said in a press release. "Our data suggests a clear relationship between the addition of ventilation holes in cigarettes and increasing rates of lung adenocarcinoma seen over the past 20 years. What is especially concerning is that these holes are still added to virtually all cigarettes that are smoked today." "The filter ventilation holes change how the tobacco is burned, producing more carcinogens, which then also allows the smoke to reach the deeper parts of the lung where adenocarcinomas more frequently occur," Shields said. Cigarette smoking, regardless of what type, is generally dangerous to your health. But if this still doesn't stop you from inhaling such toxic, perhaps knowing more about it and its specific effects could go a long way.
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