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Do 80 to 90 percent of lifelong smokers never develop lung cancer?

This study from 2018 has a table (Fig.3) for lifetime risk of lung cancer, with that being ~12-14% for current smoker, and less than 2% for never-smoker. So, it is true that 80-90 percent of smokers ...
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Do 80 to 90 percent of lifelong smokers never develop lung cancer?

Note that the claim was specifically made about lung cancer. Smoking can cause many different types of cancer. Someone who dies from smoking-related throat, oral, stomach, etc. cancer wouldn't be ...
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Do 80 to 90 percent of lifelong smokers never develop lung cancer?

It is an oversimplification to assume that even the majority of lifelong smokers 'must' develop lung cancer and die from it. There are other causes of death, and lung cancer is a leading cause among ...
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Does tobacco kill half of its consumers?

I'm not gonna try to argue that "only product" part is correct, but I managed to track down where "half" statistic comes from. Borland in BMJ 2003 said: Tobacco smoking causes so much disease[1,2] ...
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Is tobacco smoke an antioxidant?

It makes sense to me that this "guru" knows about the antioxidizing properties of smoke because, as a food chemistry scientist, he is likely to know about this in the context of using smoke for food ...
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Is tobacco smoke an antioxidant?

So let's take the research paper from at OP's post at face value. This is the the authors' table summarizing the antioxidants found in tobacco smoke: Most of the claimed antioxidant effects are due ...
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Is tobacco smoke an antioxidant?

No, tobacco smoke doesn't act as an antioxidant in the body. Quite the opposite - it causes oxidative stress and introduces free radicals. Here are a series of references to support this claim. (I ...
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