Smokers Warning

Winter 2003 CSANews Issue 49  |  Posted date : May 02, 2007.Back to list

Health care professionals are now using caution when recommending vitamin and mineral supplements that contain beta-carotene to smokers. Two major studies, the Beta-Carotene and Retinol Efficacy Trial (CARET) and the Alpha-Tocopheryl, Beta-Carotene Cancer Prevention Study Group (ATBC) suggested a correlation between smokers developing lung cancer and beta-carotene supplementation. The amount of beta-carotene consumed in the study was 30mg and 15mg respectively.
Smokers should use caution and consult their health care professional before deciding to take a supplement that contains beta-carotene.

Source: Bausch & Lomb