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Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Tobacco

The cigarette industry spent millions on genomics research


"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 the American Indians used but a much more potent strain used by the Carib Indians who were cannibals.

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, cadmium, 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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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 retained 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.


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

1925 to 1931 American Tobacco's profits more than double, from $21 million to $46 million, and Lucky Strike moving ahead of Camel.

In 1926 he purchased a major interest in RCA as it spawned subsidiary NBC, and he subsequently helped craft the new Amos 'n' Andy radio situation-comedy as an advertising vehicle for Pepsodent toothpaste, effectively inventing the concept of the broadcast commercial.

The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) began accepting tobacco advertisements and money in 1933. Medical World News in March 1973 revealed data from a tobacco industry authority that cigarettes are 5% sugar, cigars 20% and 40% in some pipe tobaccos. Michael A. Friedman, Chief Executive Officer of the City of Hope National Medical Center in Duarte, California served on the Board of Directors of the Rite Aid Corporation, personally profited by having interest in causing and treating tobacco-related diseases.

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



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