posted on Jan, 2 2018 @ 07:08 PM
a reply to: bigfatfurrytexan
No you are mistaken
Everything you believe about smoking is the result of an epidimioloigcal study. This is the type of study where you typically have 2 or 3 groups of
people and try to quantify characteristics of each group (ie smokers have heart attacks more than non-smokers) and use statistical analysis to
determine if the difference is statistically significant or not.
The problem is that epidimiology is a soft branch of science. It is to be used to identify observations which may have clinical significance is
identified, hard science is used to identify what caused the difference ( smoking, culture,exposure to vaccinations, etc etc.)
In the case of smoking, although the differences are pronounced to be "significant" and "robust" and "shocking", there is not one ounce of hard
evidence (even after 60 years of looking) that proves that smoking causes anything.
We are told that smoking CAUSES oral-phangeal cancers. Following anti-smoking campaigns when people quit smoking in droves, it could be expected that
oral-phangeal cancers would be reduced. In fact, the incidence of those cancers increased.
It turns out that smoking does NOT cause oral-pharangeal cancers. Such cancers are caused by HPV.
Cervical cancers are another example of a cancer that was blamed on smoking that in fact, was caused by HPV.
So what does that say about what you "think" you know about smoking?