Caveat: Links do not last forever. It is a good idea to copy and save wanted items to a safe place. If any links here no longer work, try to Google the terms.
Warning...if you print out the cig ingredients pages, it may take about 16 sheets of paper. Smoke the paper...it's safer than the stuff they call "tobacco". Better...find or grow actual plain tobacco.
*** SilencedOrganic.com is new entry to this list. Worth a look.
*** April ('03), the U.S. General Accounting Office (GAO) condemned lax government monitoring of tobacco pesticides. >See: >http://ipm.osu.edu/trans/043_252.htm<
*** A Year Later, in '04, US Govt stopped testing import tobacco for pesticide residues. (A Common Dreams article about this has gone missing.)
*** Official sought import tobacco testing for DDT, chlordane, hexachlorbenzene, etc etc.
(No wonder there is dioxin in smoke from typical cigarettes. See below for more on that.)
*** DDT on Tobacco is no secret; it's just ignored.
*** GAO fails to note dioxin from the chlorine chemicals, and fails to define what it means by "smoking", and did not name manufacturers, but... http://www.gao.gov/atext/d03485.txt
Also...PDF version: http://www.gao.gov/new.items/d03485.pdf
**** Health Insurers' Links To Big Cig. Fantastic scandal...that hasn't heated up. But, with release of Michael Moore's "Sicko", Big Insurance may now get the attention it deserves. http://www.pnhp.org/news/2000/march/insurers_are_major_i.php
See also: http://www.reutershealth.com/archive/2000/08/09/eline/links/20000809elin003.html
(ooops. That link now requires Sign-in. 2/08)
**** More Insurer Investments in Cigarette Manufacturing--this from 2009:
**** Top For-Profit Insurers Invest in Other Health-Harming Industries...including
Tobacco Pesticide Manufacturers: These are just two...
**** Here's how Lincoln Financial dealt with shareholder complaints about investments in cigarette manufacturers. http://sec.edgar-online.com/lincoln-national-corp/def-14a-proxy-statement-definitive/1999/04/08/Section11.aspx
***** Rep. Henry Waxman re/ GAO report. EPA "regulates" tobacco pesticides (badly) but forgets this entirely when testifying against "tobacco":
*** Unintended Cig Ingredients (glass, plastic, etc.) due to about no government regulation, and absolutely zero attention by "concerned" promoters of "Smoking and Health" policies. The more harmful things there are in a cigarette, and the more health harms, the more false justification there is to impose tobacco Prohibition. Again, some links at this site have gone dead...so remember to copy any good hits for safe keeping. http://www.tobacco.org/Documents/dd/ddmorecontaminants.html
*** Cancer Research: "cigarette smoke has unexpectedly high dioxin-like potential " http://cancerres.aacrjournals.org/cgi/content/abstract/66/14/7143
*** For US Patents for Fake Tobacco materials and processes...type in Pat.No. 3,978,866, for starters, at: http://patft.uspto.gov/netahtml/PTO/srchnum.htm
Then try 3638660, 3796222, 6289897, 3993082, 3964495 and others in Class 131, Subclass 347.
*** Bill Drake's invaluable site, "Smoke and Illusion": http://cultivatorshandbook.com
(That site has been hacked. Will return when fixes are made.)
Also, see interview with Bill at You Tube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lCiMFymqFLI
*** Big Cig Weakened Pesticide Regulations. Why do that? (Link gone...will find replacement.)
*** (Philip Morris had to post this as part of "settlement") http://www.pmdocs.com/
*** Radiation Contamination of Tobacco:
*** More Radioactive Tobacco Fertilizers: New England Journal of Medicine. Why do so many "concerned" doctors ignore this? [Copy somewhere to get rid of the green background.]
And this: Radiation contaminated cigarettes
One cannot blame tobacco for the effects of radioactive fertilizers.
*** More Radiation in Typical Cigarette Smoke: Scroll down to parts about the still-legal phosphate fertilizers and its Polonium-210 radiation.
*** Dioxin in Cigarette Smoke: The Muto-Takazawa study. [Abstract, below.] http://www.mindfully.org/Pesticide/Dioxins-Cigarette-Smoke.htm
*** Chlorine, not Tobacco or any natural plant, is Dioxin Source: EPA
http://cfpub.epa.gov/ncea/cfm/recordisplay.cfm?deid=55264&CFID=627977&CFTOKEN=81966286&jsessionid=c2305c214c6d804b6742TR60306630c230 --EPA notes that dioxin is “anthropogenic” (industry made) and is “not likely in nature”. This material is no longer at the link. But, see just below.
*** EPA---Dioxins in Cigarette Smoke:
EPA---Dioxin "anthropogenic" i.e., man made, not from nature.
EPA---Dioxins, from chlorine.
*** Burn Accelerants added: http://www.burnandfireprevention.org/new_page_2.htm
*** The 12 initial POPs, "the Dirty Dozen", include eight pesticides (aldrin, chlordane, DDT, dieldrin, endrin, heptachlor, mirex, and toxaphene), two industrial chemicals (PCBs and hexachlorobenzene, which is also a pesticide), and two unwanted by-products of combustion and industrial processes (dioxins and furans). Those in bold are or have been tobacco pesticides and/or cigarette pollutants. http://www.chem.unep.ch/pops/
***** From Pesticide Action Network, re/ 450 registered tobacco pesticides Tobacco, Farmers and Pesticides: The Other Story. May 1998 By Ellen Hickey and Yenyen Chan http://www.panna.org/resources/documents/tobacco.dv.html
For some reason, that is no longer available. See this instead...though this doesn't mention the number of pesticides. http://www.panna.org/legacy/panups/panup_20060512.dv.html
**** An Agricultural site showing A Lot Of Tobacco Pesticides, with Manufacturers noted. Scroll down. Ooops....Site no longer there.
***** Tobacco Workers Exposure To Tobacco Pesticides:
(The GAO is better than most search hits about harms to tobacco farm workers…by not sharing the blame for harms with harms from natural nicotine…which would be like also blaming mosquitoes and sunburn.) http://www.gao.gov/atext/d03485.txt
***** Wildlife Harmed By Tobacco Pesticides:
*** Links about Tobacco Pesticides at http://www.tobacco.org/articles.php?pattern=Pesticides But you may have to register.
This isn't a secret...it's all just ignored in "concerned" anti-smoking actions, activists, and laws.
--- RJR, DDT, etc: http://www.tobacco.org/Documents/dd/ddpesticides.html
*** Israel Knows: A Jerusalem Post item about Pesticides in Cigarettes has vanished at the site, but here is the first part of it: http://www.tobacco.org/news/222856.html
*** Only THREE pesticides? Hmmm... A bogus article, generally, but ... http://www.consumeraffairs.com/news04/2006/04/cigarettes_pesticides.html
*** Polystyrene Foam TOO?! http://www.tobacco.org/Documents/dd/ddpesticides.html
**** Wm. Novelli, first president of Tobacco Free Kids TFK, was founder of Porter-Novelli PR firm, big chlorine and big pesticides etc best friend. This is just one reference: http://www.fwhc.org/health/nocure.htm
[ This article also addresses "Race for the Cure", Zeneca, American Cancer Society, and other parts of the cancer-causing....and also cancer "cure" industry. ]
*** RJR's (biased) review of Judge Osteen's rejection of EPA "secondhand smoke" stuff. http://www.tobacco.org/resources/documents/osteensummary.html
*** Commentary, with back-up material, about questionable science used to test air in smoking establishments. Such tactics would not happen if the cause had legitimacy.
*** Though "Smokers' Club" and other Anti Ban groups fail to address toxic/cancer-causing or other harmful NON-tobacco cigarette components, they do offer info about harms of the bans to businesses...a detail missing from mainstream media:
*** The Dangers of Tobacco Prohibition, byPierre Lemieux. Despite lapses in calling cigarette makers their preferred, deceptive name, "tobacco companies", this is on target.
*** More on EPA/2nd hand smoke; It all avoids anything about what's IN "secondhand smoke". Cigarettes not defined or analyzed...smoke not defined or analyzed. This is not Science.
**** Speaking of Health Care...Nicotine as Beneficial Drug for Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, etc.
*** Useful News :
--- Nicotine Replacements Don't Work:
--- Pot Not Bad For Lungs:
---Nicotine Aids Memory
*** The American Cancer Society is often helpful in enacting "smoking bans". But the ACS is up to here with interests from the tobacco pesticide and chlorine industries, the very ones with most to lose if a typical cig was examined or described properly.
*** Methyl Bromide use in tobacco agriculture: http://www.tobacco.org/articles.php?pattern=Pesticides ( Methyl Bromide is one of the top GreenHouse substances responsible for Global Warming. Cigarette firms, not with the tobacco, but with that chemical, are part of the Global Warming problem....but, so far, not condemned for this.)
*** HEALTH EFFECTS OF DIOXINS ...with info re/ U.S. dioxin maximum limits etc. (Compare to Muto/Takazawa discoveries re/ dioxin in cig smoke. Dioxin levels in cigarettes. Do the math. Result: just 20 typical cigarettes, with chlorine, hit unwitting victims with 716 times the U.S. established minimum for Dioxin Exposures!):
*** “How cigarette additives are used to mask environmental tobacco smoke”. This assumes, incorrectly, that a cigarette is made of tobacco, or just tobacco. Of course, what needs to be masked is the toxic smoke from all the pesticides and adhesives and fertilizers and so forth. Dr. Gregory N Connolly, Director, Massachusetts Tobacco Control Program, Massachusetts Dept. of Public Health: Dr. Connolly knows that a typical cigarette is far more than tobacco or just tobacco. He was active in the failed Mass legislation to compel cig makers to list all the non-tobacco ingredients, EVEN the radiation from fertilizers. http://tc.bmjjournals.com/cgi/content/abstract/9/3/283
*** Cigarette Flavorings Are Toxic...but still legal, no warning given or required:
**** Cigarette Additives Adulterants, big issue in the industry....but the public hears nothing about it in commercial media or from government officials, even those who claim to oppose the cigarette industry.
***from the National Center on Food and Agricultural Policy, from 1997 use data. (Not all, just major tobacco pesticides); Number is pounds used per anum. This list no longer appears at this link. ( This is a sort of warning to COPY good material before it is disappeared.) (5/07) http://www.ncfap.org/
MALEIC HYDRAZIDE 1,790,089
METHYL BROMIDE 685,026
TOBACCO Total: 26,974,241
**** Warnings about Tobacco Pesticides...Manufacturer's noted:
**** If one thinks that cigarette warning labels are insufficient because they say nothing about pesticides, chlorine, dioxin, radioactive fertilizers, fire-starting additives, and hosts of untested, often dangerous, inevitably-deadly non-tobacco adulterants, The Law (corporate law) says otherwise. Using this as a guide, one could put piranha in their pool, post "warnings" that "swimming may be dangerous" (which all but the youngest child knows), and then not be charged with the murder of shredded pool guests. See this case:
**** Dioxins in Cigarette Smoke
The Muto-Takazawa Study
This report was cited in Lois Gibbs' "Dying From Dioxin".
Here below is the Abstract of the study, but the entire report is viewable at:
Here is an excerpt from the long version:
"The concentration of PCDDs in cigarette smoke was similar to that found in the flue gas-of a municipal waste incinerator. However, the presence of PCDDs in cigarette smoke is more significant than that in tile flue pas because cigarette smoke is inhaled directly into the lungs without diffusion and/or dilution. "
H. MUTO et al Archives of Environmental Health, Pg. 44 (3) : 171-4 May/Jun89
H. Muto, Y. Takazawa
Department of Public Health
Akita University School of Medicine
Dioxins in cigarettes, smoke, and ash were determined using gas chromatography/mass spectrometry. The total concentration of polychlorinated dibenzo-p-dioxins (PCDDs) in cigarette smoke was approximately 5.0 µ/m3 at the maximum level, whereas various cogeners from tetra-octa-chlorodibenzo-p-dioxin ( -CDD) were detected. Particularly, the total concentration of hepta-CDD cogeners was the highest among these cogeners. Mass fragmentograms of various PCDD cogeners were similar to those in flue gas samples collected from a municipal waste incinerator. The PCDD cogeners that were not present in the cigarettes were found in the smoke samples. The 2, 3, 7, 8-TCDD toxic equivalent value---an index for effects on humans—for total PCDDs in smoke was 1.81 nng/m3 using the toxic factor of the United States Environmental Protection Agency. Daily intake of PCDDs by smoking 20 cigarettes was estimated to be approximately 4.3 pg. kg body/weight/day. This value was close to that of the ADIs: 1-5 pg. kg body/weight/day reported in several countries.
A heretofore unrecognized health risk was represented by the presence of PCDDs in cigarette smoke.
Those PCDDs...dioxins...would be impossible in cigarettes without the presence of chlorine substances, namely, chlorine pesticide residues (on contaminated tobacco and contaminated non-tobacco agricultural additives) and chlorine-bleached paper.
Even the most zealous officials, seemingly concerned with matters of Smoking & Health, have kept this legal. They do not so much as warn anyone or require warnings; they do not ask or require medical facilities to check patients for body-burdens of dioxins or (other) pesticide residues or the Po-210 radiation from tobacco fertilizers to thereby facilitate appropriate treatment; and they do not seek compensation for the unwitting victims. Chlorine industries and others, including complicit cigarette manufacturers, and all their insurers and investors, are thus protected. They all prefer to blame and legally burden unwitting victims via the "smoking ban" charade.