Smokers might get a future reprieve on the damage that cigarettes do to their lungs. Australian scientists have successfully protected mice lungs against the inflammatory effects of smoking, which can lead to health problems such as emphysema and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). But the researchers still gave stern warning that this does nothing to alleviate cancer risks, The Register reports.
The mouse treatment works by blocking Granulocyte macrophage-colony stimulating factor (GM-CSF) -- an agent in the lungs that causes inflammatory white blood cells to activate in response to cigarette smoke. Melbourne University researchers gave the anti-GM-CSF agent to half of a group of mice, and then dosed the entire lot with the equivalent of nine cigarettes of smoke daily for four days straight.
When the research group cut open the mice to examine their lungs, they found that the treatment had significantly cut down on lung inflammation.
Smokers might want to take a few grains of salt on this study before they start lighting up a celebratory stick. This study only worked in mice, and we're still a long ways off from any possible human treatment.
The scientists themselves also note that quitting still represents the best cure-all for what ails smokers, and that this approach does not do anything to reduce the risk of cancer -- but maybe hideous mole rats could eventually lead to a cancer cure.
Green-conscious folk might also consider that cigarettes have a not-inconsiderable impact on the environment.
[via The Register]
This is so stupid . Heads up everybody e-cigs are the way to quit smoking real cigs . I've been on e-cigs for 2 months and havnt bought a pack since .
Don't be fooled the government doesn't really want you to quit , and this article is evidence of that .
Ditch the chemicals once and for all with an e-cig . Taking drugs to make smoking healthier ...what a joke , and you still get cancer . Absolutly mental !
Makes you wonder how much they spent on this... and how much would someone really pay (think of how much this would cost) to make smoking healthier for them (second hand smoke anyone?) instead of just quitting? Yeah, I know ciggarettes are extremely addictive... but paying to continue versus paying to quit (nicotine patches, gum, ect.)? Does this make any sense to anyone? If so please enlighten.
Now if they could only come up with a pill to give you mole rat lungs!
What would be great is some kind of aspirated chemical that could help the body break up the tar deposits for those that have quite smoking. Until the body is able to remove the tar its carcinogenic attributes remain with us even after quitting.
To elaborate slightly but not directly I am thinking citrus degreaser in an inhaler like asthmatics use. Only some grease breaking chemical that wouldn't kill us by breaking protein bonds.