posted on Feb, 12 2005 @ 04:21 AM
According to Jeremy Narby, Ph.D., a Stanford U. anthropologist, “It seems clear that nicotine does not cause cancer, given that it is active in the
brain and that cigarettes do not cause cancer in the brain, but in the lungs, esophagus, stomach, pancreas, rectum, kidneys, and bladder, the organs
reached by the carcinogenic tars, which are also swallowed.”
These tars are loaded with additives (aluminum oxide, potassium nitrate, ammonium phosphate, polyvinyl acetate, etc.), which are what would be causing
the cancer cases. It is cigarettes that have additives, so the problem is avoided by buying the pure stuff in a tobacco shop and rolling your own
(for which a cigarette-rolling device can be used).
Mild smoking of pure tobacco might even be a healthy habit since nicotine raises the hemoglobin levels in the bloodstream (and helps to
strengthen the immunological system), and "this is why it is important for doctors to know if their patients smoke, because then they can discount
abnormally high red blood cell counts as being an artifact of smoking and NOT a pathological condition", says a professor of hematology.
[edit on 12-2-2005 by Macrento]