Tobacco Smoke Promoted As Cancer Cure In Indonesia

Photo: Andrew Magill (CC)

Photo: Andrew Magill (CC)

Agence France-Presse via the Raw Story reports:

An Indonesian woman exhales cigarette smoke into the mouth of a gaunt, naked patient at a Jakarta clinic, where tobacco is openly touted as a cancer cure.

The Western patient is suffering from emphysema, a condition she developed from decades of smoking. Along with cancer and autism, it’s just one of the ailments the Griya Balur clinic claims it can cure with cigarettes.

“I missed this,” says the woman, a regular customer, with an American accent, as Phil Collins?s “I Can Feel It” blares in the background.

Griya Balur would be shut down in many parts of the world, but not in Indonesia, one of the developing-country new frontiers for big tobacco as it seeks to replace its dwindling profits in the health-conscious West.

Long traditions of tobacco use combined with poor regulation and the billions of dollars that flow into government coffers from the tobacco industry mean places like Griya Balur go unchallenged.

The “treatment” for the emphysema sufferer includes the blowing of smoke from “divine cigarettes” infused with “nanotechnology” to remove their cancer-causing “free radicals”, through a tube into her diseased lungs.

[Continues at The Raw Story]

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  • Bud Bundy

    /facepalm

  • Bud Bundy

    /facepalm

  • http://hormeticminds.blogspot.com/ Chaorder Gradient

    maybe the danger of tobacco has been Disinfo ALL ALONG!! *gasp!*

  • http://hormeticminds.blogspot.com/ Chaorder Gradient

    maybe the danger of tobacco has been Disinfo ALL ALONG!! *gasp!*

  • DeepCough

    Please don’t tell me that Conglomerated Tobacco is going to be creating a “medicinal tobacco,” campaign……..

  • DeepCough

    Please don’t tell me that Conglomerated Tobacco is going to be creating a “medicinal tobacco,” campaign……..

  • SmokingMyLifeAway

    That the cigarettes giving me cancer are at the same time curing it is cool. I just wish it could do the same for my bronchial asthma and soon to become emphysema.

  • SmokingMyLifeAway

    That the cigarettes giving me cancer are at the same time curing it is cool. I just wish it could do the same for my bronchial asthma and soon to become emphysema.

  • SmokingMyLifeAway

    That the cigarettes giving me cancer are at the same time curing it is cool. I just wish it could do the same for my bronchial asthma and soon to become emphysema.

  • SmokingMyLifeAway

    That the cigarettes giving me cancer are at the same time curing it is cool. I just wish it could do the same for my bronchial asthma and soon to become emphysema.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=580380351 Potter Dee

    The lack of scrutiny in these articles is appalling, these people need to be put under the eamining lense, not just get their photos taken while fleecing patients out of their lives.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=580380351 Potter Dee

    The lack of scrutiny in these articles is appalling, these people need to be put under the eamining lense, not just get their photos taken while fleecing patients out of their lives.

  • Cynic06

    The author of this article assumes we are all aware of the dangers of tobacco. One could easily apply that knowledge while reading this and also apply logic and realize the criticism of this practice. This place exists because the government in this region is corrupted by money from the tobacco industry. [I feel] Any informed “westerner” would be stupid to think this will cure their cancer.

  • Cynic06

    The author of this article assumes we are all aware of the dangers of tobacco. One could easily apply that knowledge while reading this and also apply logic and realize the criticism of this practice. This place exists because the government in this region is corrupted by money from the tobacco industry. [I feel] Any informed “westerner” would be stupid to think this will cure their cancer.

  • Andrew

    So are ‘Silver’, ‘Gold’ and ‘Slim’ cigarettes more or less effective a cure?

  • Andrew

    So are ‘Silver’, ‘Gold’ and ‘Slim’ cigarettes more or less effective a cure?

  • greengestalt

    Smoking Baby!
    Smoking Baby!
    Smoking Baby!

  • Anonymous

    Smoking Baby!
    Smoking Baby!
    Smoking Baby!