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"Smoking those things will cure cancer you know".

Care of Le Monde I present a potentially quite wonderful double whammy - genetically modified tobacco with added diterpenoid molecules, these being close to Taxol and Taxotere, drugs used against certain cancers and prospectively quite useful.

Librophyt SA, a French biotech start up is waiting for regulatory approval before planting a hectare's worth of tobacco, but the prospects of enraging the luddite tendency and the anti-smoking lobby is the best news I have read in ages. Let the fun begin, and meanwhile hoorah for France!

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Blogger Daily Referendum said... 9:51 pm

Nice one:

Smoking seriously improves your health.  

Blogger Croydonian said... 10:14 pm

A fine headline...  

Blogger CityUnslicker said... 11:05 pm

Perhaps our Prince of Wales might go over to pull up some plants. no doubt he will have something to say on the matter.

I would encourage him to go, they may re-discover a use for the Guillotine.  

Anonymous verity said... 11:26 pm

This begs a question -- my response would be, I could not imagine going back to smoking. I just couldn't. I still remember the pleasure of smoking, the companship of smoking with another smoker - "let's have a cigarette and talk about it". Smoking was just so wonderful.

But this is so over -- in my opinion.  

Blogger Reactionary Snob said... 11:44 pm

Lovely stuff... I'm enjoying a cheroot, aaaah  

Blogger Croydonian said... 11:54 pm

I read a rather pseudish book called 'Cigarettes are sublime' some year back, which was a love letter to tobacco written by someone who was giving up, his point being that he wanted to validate that which he had abandoned.

RS - One of my vices too..  

Anonymous verity said... 11:57 pm

Reactionary Snob - And long may you enjoy your cheroots! Just because they don't appeal to me doesn't mean I think you shouldn't be permitted to smoke them. I'm a libertarian.  

Blogger Newmania said... 9:15 am

Goody goody I will be finishign uop my fags in the same spirit i once fionished my greens . i would after all like to grow big and strong.

You are in JHL sites . You are effeminate but I am actually a woman which is either better or worse.

I like women actually so I can live with that  

Blogger Croydonian said... 9:35 am

You do that N.

Indeed. The dogs bark, but the caravan moves on.  

Blogger Serf said... 11:54 am

You are effeminate but I am actually a woman which is either better or worse

Compared to someone who kills people that annoy him, I guess we are all a bit effeminate.  

Anonymous verity said... 1:32 pm

Serf - only if they are elderly and fragile and have their backs turned to him.  

Blogger dearieme said... 4:57 pm

Cigarettes are the devil's work. A contemplative pipe-full, on the other hand, is heavenly. Except for those foul, aromatic Dutch tobaccos.  

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