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.
has more than 7,000 tobacco "houses"cafe-like places where the city's
growing throng of nicotine junkies could buy and smoke tobacco.
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.
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.
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
The True Story of Pocahontas as NOT told by
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
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
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
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.
Lucky Strike has 16% of the cigarette market, a distant third behind Camel
(40%) and L&M's Chesterfield (25%).
appealed directly to
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
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
1925 to 1931 American Tobacco's profits
more than double, from $21 million to $46 million, and Lucky Strike moving
ahead of Camel.
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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