The Futile Pursuit Of A Safe Cigarette

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Public outcry for a ""safe"" cigarette didn't really start until around the 1950s when people started to learn the health effects of smoking. But what was done about it?

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How The Whole World Got Hooked On Tobacco:

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""Safer"" Cigarettes: A History:

“Although the cigarette industry has spent much of the past 50 years denying a link between smoking and disease, the industry has also dedicated a significant amount of time and money to develop a ""safe"" cigarette.""

History & Economics of Tobacco:

“Tobacco has a long history in the Americas. The Mayan Indians of Mexico carved drawings in stone showing tobacco use. These drawings date back to somewhere between 600 to 900 A.D.""

Designed For Addiction:

“Tobacco use remains the number one cause of preventable death
and disease in the United States. Smoking kills 480,000 Americans each year, sickens millions more and costs the nation at least $289 billion annually in health
care bills and economic losses.""

Cigarette Additives May Make It Tougher to Quit:

“More than 100 of 599 additives that might be in cigarettes are potentially harmful, with some making cigarettes even more addictive and others making it difficult for people to detect tobacco smoke in their midst, a new study contends.""

Federal Regulation of Tobacco: A Summary:

“On June 22, 2009, President Barack Obama signed into law the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act, giving the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) comprehensive authority to regulate the manufacturing, marketing, and sale of tobacco products.""

The Secret And Soul Of Marlboro:

“Philip Morris and other tobacco companies have been using ammonia in their manufacturing for more than half a century, and for a variety of purposes: to highlight certain flavors, to expand or “puff up” the volume of tobacco, to prepare reconstituted tobacco sheet (“recon”), to denicotinize (reduce the amount of nicotine in) tobacco, and to remove carcinogens.""

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"I began smoking at age 12 trying to fit in. By the time I was 21, I was ordered to quit because I had a severe case of bronchitis, but I found I was too addicted to give up my addiction."


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