12 Apr '11, 3am

Indonesian clinic claims to be able to cure cancer with... cigarette smoke

Griya Balur founder Dr. Gretha Zahar told AFP she had treated 60,000 people with tobacco smoke over the past decade. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP JAKARTA - 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 tradit...

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