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I n the author’s opinion, taking into consideration the philosophical principle of Occam’s razor which has already been referred to, the facts are such t ha t the hypothesis that cigarette smoking is a cause of the main histological types of lung cancer should be accepted. They also, in his opinion, justify a strong presumption that the smoking of pipes and cigars is, in this respect, relatively innocuous. The discovery that a known and powerful carcinogen is present in tobacco smoke in significant quantity strengthens the credibility of the conclusion, but it has yet to be shown experimentally that the substance concerned has a direct action on the bronchial mucosa.
E. 30 ~~~~ ~ ~ ~ ~ *After Curwen, Kennaway, and Kennaway, 1954. t Based on 17 deaths; other figures in parentheses on 25-100 deaths and all others on more than 100 deaths. B. Pollution of Town Air. Three known carcinogens have been detected among the pollutants of town air: arsenic, 3,4-benzpyrene1 and radium. The amount of arsenic was, however, of the order of 6 pg. 3 (Goulden, Kennaway, and Urquhart, 1952) and was minute in comparison with the amount to which men have been exposed in industry, without the apparent production of any great excess of lung cancer (see page 33).
E. R . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . E. 30 ~~~~ ~ ~ ~ ~ *After Curwen, Kennaway, and Kennaway, 1954. t Based on 17 deaths; other figures in parentheses on 25-100 deaths and all others on more than 100 deaths. B. Pollution of Town Air. Three known carcinogens have been detected among the pollutants of town air: arsenic, 3,4-benzpyrene1 and radium. The amount of arsenic was, however, of the order of 6 pg.