Adenocarcinoma is the most common form of lung cancer and occurs deep in the lungs.
While other kinds of lung cancer have declined along with diminishing numbers of smokers in the past 55 years, cases of lung adenocarcinoma have climbed.
Researchers said that “light” cigarettes with holes in the filter could be the reason why a specific kind of lung cancer has been on the rise in recent decades.
Researchers believe that the higher rates of lung adenocarcinoma are due to filter ventilation holes, “which allow smokers to inhale more smoke that also has higher levels of carcinogens, mutagens and other toxins.
Data suggests a clear relationship between the addition of ventilation holes to cigarettes and increasing rates of lung adenocarcinoma seen over the past 18 years.
What is especially concerning is that these holes are still added to virtually all cigarettes that are smoked today, calling on US regulators to ban the practice.
Said the report the current study confirms previous research showing that light cigarettes are actually not better for the health than stronger varieties.
More than 36 million Americans smoke, and about 40 percent of cancers are linked to tobacco use, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.