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Viceroy suggests

Nicotine is a Gateway Drug

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Tobacco

The cigarette industry spent millions on genomics research

tobacco ? or chemicals ?

Δ8 -Tetrahydrocannabivarin has potent anti-nicotine
effects in multiple rodent models of nicotine dependence


"Tobacco is radioactively contaminated with polonium-210, a naturally occurring decay product of radon.

Recent studies have shown a synergy between polonium and carcinogenic chemicals in cigarette smoke that increase the lifetime risk of lung cancer 8 to 25 fold.

A filter for removing polonium-210 from cigarette smoke has been available for more than 40 years." - Janet Raloff

Intoxicating and addictive, tobacco became the subject of the first truly global commodity craze.

1607 London has more than 7,000 tobacco "houses"-cafe-like places where the city's growing throng of nicotine junkies could buy and smoke tobacco.

American tobacco is not just any tobacco.

The tobacco sold in American cigarettes in not the tobacco native Americans used but a more potent strain used by Carib Indians who were cannibalistic.



Radioactive Tobacco

Radon - the killer in tobacco

The big idea: polonium, radon and cigarettes



Spanish explorers noted how the Taino island natives would roll dried tobacco, light the rolls and inhale the smoke.

1612 Carib tobacco is first planted in the Virginia colony.

1614 John Rolfe, the Englishman who married Pocahontas, obtained seeds for Caribbean tobacco and cultivated it in Virginia, even though Spain, in an attempt to protect its tobacco trade, had made selling such seeds to a non-Spaniard a capital offense.

The True Story of Pocahontas as NOT told by Disney

The native Virginia tobacco, Nicotiana rustica, grown by the Indians, had a biting taste and was not as sweet to smoke as Caribbean tobacco nor as strong.

1635 Tobacco sale in France is restricted to apothecaries by doctor's prescription only.

1890 James Buchanan "Buck" Duke founds American Tobacco by forcing several rival firms to unite with his.

1898 American Tobacco holds 85% share of the US cigarette market.

1911 Federal court orders the trust dissolved.

A leaner American Tobacco, headed by Percival Hill, is one of the four companies spun off from the old trust. The other three were RJ Reynolds, P Lorillard and Liggett & Myers, all of which had existed prior to the formation of the trust and which had maintained varying levels of autonomy within it.

1921 to 1924 Albert Lasker revolutionizes the advertising industry by using the radio in advertising campaigns for Palmolive soap, Kotex sanitary napkins, and Kleenex disposable facial tissues while significantly altering popular culture.


1924 American Tobacco retains Lord & Thomas to work on the Lucky Strike account.

L&T owner Albert Lasker* persuades Percival Hill to focus the majority of the marketer's ad budget on that single brand.

A series of magazine ads showed movie starlets smoking cigarettes making Lucky Strike a leading brand of cigarettes.

1925 Lucky Strike has 16% of the cigarette market, a distant third behind Camel (40%) and L&M's Chesterfield (25%).

Albert Lasker appealed directly to the psychology of the consumer: Women seldom smoked cigarettes - "Reach for a Lucky instead of a sweet" - marketing spiel asserted a connection between health, thinness, fashion and Lucky Strike.

1926 Albert Lasker purchases a major interest in RCA as it spawns subsidiary NBC.

Lasker crafts the Amos 'n' Andy radio situation comedy as an advertising vehicle for Pepsodent toothpaste, inventing the broadcast commercial.



Radium Brand Cigarettes (ca. 1910 - 1915)

Radium-226 and Polonium-210 in Leaf Tobacco and Tobacco Soil

Tobacco Industry’s Response to the Polonium-210 Issue

Radioactivity in cigarettes



Easter Sunday 1929 Edward Bernays, Sigmund Freud's nephew, extends ad campaign effort with the "Torches of Freedom March" down New York's Fifth Avenue, in which 10 debutantes publicly puff their cigarettes as they strolled down the avenue, creating a sensation on the newsprint front pages.

1931 American Tobacco profits have more than double, from $21 million to $46 million with Lucky Strike moving ahead of Camel.

1933 The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) begins accepting tobacco advertisements and money.

1948 "More can be said in behalf of smoking as a form of escape from tension than against it." - Journal of the American Medical Association



"Don't let their evil deeds escape your sight."
Lamentations 1:22



March 1973 Medical World News reveals data from a tobacco industry authority that cigarettes are 5% sugar, cigars 20% and 40% in some pipe tobaccos.

American tobacco cigarette smoke contains over 4,000 different chemicals including nitrosamines, crysenes, cadmium, benzopyrene, polonium 210, nickel, polycyclic hydrocarbons , dibenz acidine, b-napthylamine, urethane, nitrosonornicotine, toluidine, aluminum, zinc, magnesium, mercury, gold, silicon, silver, titanium, lead, copper, acetone, acetic acid, ammonia, arsenic, butane, carbon monoxide, DDT/dieldrin, ethanol, formaldehyde, hexamine, hydrogen cyanide, methane, methanol, napthalene, nitrobenzene, nitrous oxide phenols, stearic acid, toluene, vinyl chloride.







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