|that doesnt mean anything. americas surgeon general also says SHS is harmful. but the source (EPA) has been dismissed by the scientific community|
But these guys (the CSIRO) are
part of the scientific community. They are not politically appointed or influenced by politics, and nor do they get involved in politics, they are simply the government science & research agency. They don't get involved in policy, they just do research & present the facts. Unlike politicians, they don't go around making controversial statements, because they think it's fun. I think this applies to people like the US Surgeon General as well.
I think we need to look carefully at the first part of the statement, partial quoting can give rise to a wrong conclusion :
|..... there is no safe exposure level for tobacco smoke....|
"Safe level of exposure" means that no one
will harmed. There might be some
people whose bodies are better at coping with or repairing damage, but it is not safe for everyone
So it is not a cancer guarantee, more a guarantee that you are not 100% safe from disease if you smoke.
Of course there are others things in one's life that involve risk, such as driving a car, or mountaineering say, but I imagine that 33% (see below) is a much bigger risk than other things, unless one considers things like being a soldier in Afghanistan for example.
|americas surgeon general also says SHS is harmful. but the source (EPA) has been dismissed by the scientific community|
I think it would be worth seeing the text of what they all actually said. One has to be careful about 1 sentence summaries in a debate. Not saying your are completely wrong or anything, it is just that I might get a slightly different impression reading the same material.
With the article you linked :
[quote=Article by Joan Schiller, MDProfessor and Chief, Hematology/Oncology](About one in three smokers will die of a smoking-related illness—lung cancer, heart disease, emphysema, etc.)[/quote]
Well, that doesn't look like very good odds to me. What about the people who have a Smoking Related Illness that isn't fatal? What are the stats if you include them? My sister has some asthma symptoms because our mother smoked during the pregnancy, and I have reduced lung function for the same reason. My brother in law has a form of Leukemia (probably from smoking weed) that means he will probably live only for another 25 years, and my mother has been affected by bronchiectasis for the last 40 years, who knows whether that will be a contributing factor in her demise? Even if it isn't, that is 40 years of non-fun symptoms.
What about other people who have had their lower leg amputated because of gangrene which came from the peripheral vascular disease - directly related to smoking?
Quite clearly, smoking is not a healthy thing to do. I am hoping you all knew that already.