They say that one thing leads to another.
This is quite a revelation to me, and an astounding revelation into how life works.
Anyhows, there I was this morning browsing through the list of sites that I read when I came across a post in The Last Furlong about a new piece of research.
What’s this? Non-smokers getting lung cancer? I though that was impossible. Aren’t we constantly
lectured told that lung cancer is only caused by smoking or walking within a mile of a smoker? Yet here are non-smokers not only being affected, but the numbers are on the increase?
I have been at this game long enough to learn the Tobacco Control Techniques of Torturing Figures and am quite a dab hand at it these days. In fact I have a Masters Degree in TCTTF. Maybe I should apply my new found learning to good use here?
Okay… The number of never-smokers getting lung cancer is on the increase. What can possibly be the cause of that? If it were ex-smokers I would have been forced down an easier path of logic, but never-smokers? What can possibly be causing that?
Of course TCTTF tells me that I have to find another variable that coincides with these figures. As they are never-smokers, we can rule out the decline in cigarette use as a cause. What else has changed over recent years?
Why, second hand smoke of course! Exposure to this has decreased dramatically in recent years as more and more bans are introduced, and this would mean that never-smokers were breathing less and less of the stuff.
So here is the obvious cause.
Second hand smoke [or whatever the politically correct term for it is these days] is obviously protecting people from cancer. The drop in the levels of this smoke is patently leading to an increase in the Big C. A drop in one leads to a rise in the other. No one could possibly argue against that? After all, fumigation is a well known technique for controlling and eliminating the unwanted, so obviously it works against cancer.
All those smoking bans must be reversed immediately. We have to fight against this new-found epidemic.
Just think of the cheeeldren.