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Toe Nail Clippings

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-1363863/Lung-cancer-risk-predicted-nicotine-levels-toe-nail-clippings.html

3.5 times is admittedly a little better than most such studies. It still leaves me a little non-plussed.

850 men in the study. 12 years. hmmm. Apparently this was following passive smoking so one wonders exactly how many people actually had cancer in the group and why the normal weasel words get even more exaggerated with "estimated"...

I have no problem avoiding smoke. I just suspect every single report I see to have been "optimized" for publishability.