The Smoking Gun for Big Tobacco

I did some research a while back and found that lung cancer deaths at the turn of the 20th century, when virtually all the men smoked, were about 1 in 20 000. I’m sure some skeptics would say that’s probably because people didn’t live long enough to get lung cancer, but that’s not quite true. Child mortality was high, but if you survived to your twenties, your life expectancy was fairly close to what it is today- maybe 10 years less, but long enough for you to have the possibility of getting lung cancer. Yet, it was extremely rare. As a tangent, I have read that at that time about 25% of deaths were caused by tuberculosis, which makes me have to sarcastically ask how we ever brought those figures down without a tuberculosis vaccine. Oh yes, there was a vaccine- but it was discontinued because it was found to be useless. They still use it anyway, but not in North America. And oddly, the places that have the highest rates of TB have the highest rates of TB vaccination. But like I said, this is a tangent.

I suppose the skeptics would also doubt that the amazonians who smoke so much get old enough to die of lung cancer either, but even if their life expectancy is shorter, some of those who live to a ripe old age should at least get lung cancer, but they don’t. Same turned out to be true for the indigenous people of Papua, New Guinea.

What I found was that lung cancer did not rise in tandem with smoking rates, but with the introduction of phosphate fertilizers, made from apatite rock and containing the radioactive element Polonium. Since Polonium bio-accumulates, tobacco crops over the years have produced yields containing more and more of this carcinogenic crap. This is known to be a fact, and yet you will never hear about it. So it makes me kind of sick, so to speak, when the government comes out with their anti-smoking laws and mandatory nauseating pictures on cigarette packs and does nothing to outlaw radioactive, carcinogenic phosphate fertilizer. Given our corporation-run system, this is not all that surprising as growing the plants without this product results in about 30% decrease in crop yields. Once again, profits win out over public interest.

And then, after spending so much money on enforcing smoking laws and funding anti-smoking health warning campaigns, the government decides to put carpet glue in the cigarette papers- to protect you from house fires! I’m pretty sure far more people die from cigarette-induced cancer than from house fires. But then again, as a recent study funded by the tobacco industry discovered, smoking deaths are good for the economy. So let those bastards smoke carpet glue while you’re at it and speed up the economic recovery!

What was especially unfortunate was Barb Tarbox, the poster child for cigarette-induced lung cancer, going around to schools freaking the kids out showing them her bald head and blaming herself for being the ‘world’s biggest idiot’ smoking two packs a day. Yes, she had been warned, cigarettes do cause cancer, and smoking two packs a day is a bit excessive (you have to wonder how someone even finds the time for it), and it’s good to make the kids not want to smoke. But in the end, wouldn’t it have done us all a greater service if Barb had used her public voice to call the tobacco companies and the government out on what they were really doing that was making people sick: not selling tobacco, but selling highly adulterated tobacco?

It seems to me that God makes it pretty clear to us which plants are good for us and which ones are not: those that are not immediately make us sick upon ingestion. This is logical in order for a caveman to survive. God wouldn’t put things around that would be ok to ingest for a while and then strike you with a horrible disease to make you die a slow death- that would be a bit of a mean trick.

So, as someone who believes in God and the perfection of his creation, I find it annoying that everyone is on the bandwagon to demonize the tobacco plant. What we need are regulatory bodies that are not run by people who serve corporations- or the Devil, for that matter, with the two usually going hand-in-hand anyway. Big Tobacco, not the tobacco plant, is the killer.

Below is a fascinating discussion with David Wolfe on smoking various herbs, including tobacco.
I was thinking of it today because I found a local shop that sells all these unusual herbs like mullein, mugwort, yerba santa, and sage. I am going to try smoking some of them and I’ll let you know what happens. If I post a video about it, it means I didn’t die and it’s probably safe enough for you to try it.

13 responses to “The Smoking Gun for Big Tobacco

  1. i’m so glad someone has finally written about this huge problem.. also did you think about how these chemicals put into cigarettes (jet fuel etc) are ways of getting rid of waste.. just like they do with fluoride!

  2. I guess they do it for a variety of reasons, but it’s time people really knew what was going on!

  3. Time for me to quit smoking! Great article, keep up the good work ladies!

  4. damn – i always knew unadulterated tobacco was good for you in moderation – but i didn’t know the bulk of the poison was related to the phosphate fertilizer.

    where do the other “thousand” chemicals come from – is it sprayed onto tobacco after harvested?

    this is why y’all should smoke YUMA cigs – organic tobacco. however, the papers on the other hand….

  5. I’m off for a carton of unfiltered Camels.

  6. They also began to cure tobacco with sugar… see “Sugar Blues” by Dufty. Sugar is also a nasty, nasty ingredient. Who wants to inhale melted sugar?

  7. Dethronetheblacksunshine

    Just learned the same information a while back. Quit smoking anything except organic tobacco five years ago. Surgeon General C. Everett Koop went on record back in 1990, stating that radiation from tobacco was responsible for approximately 90 percent of tobacco-related cancers.

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  9. I wanted to throw in my support for this article.
    Well written and informative. I was annoyed looking at the package this morning.

    Thank you for the time you put into it.

  10. I’ve just picked up a pack of Yuma – Organic tobacco cigarettes. Does anyone have any info on it? I’ve tried finding it online but there isn’t much there. I’ve smoked one just now and wow it certainly feels soooo much more cleaner than the regular cigarette. And in contrast to the regular, there is no aftertaste in my mouth and throat. I am quite surprised and impressed. Does this YUMA brand carry all the above chemicals the author mentioned? IDK.

  11. I noticed on the pack of Yuma rolling tobacco it says `Made with organic tobacco`. But nowhere on the packaging does it say ‘Organic tobacco’ or ‘100% organic tobacco’. I`m having a hard time finding info about this product. Can anyone help?

  12. I am sorry to say this. Forgive me if it sounds cold. But, perhaps I’m grasping at straws because I myself have been a 2 pack/day smoker for many years, just turned 40, and the story of the woman who died made me quite upset.
    What about those who have fought and fought to quit, while society continually puts them down? What about the fact that no matter how hard they try, they cannot seem to kick it, suffering with depression, anxiety and feelings of failure?

    What about some proof that her lung cancer wasn’t caused by asbestos or high radon levels in her home? Did they test the radon or just take someone’s word for it that this was 100% caused by smoking?

    What frustrates me is that people will see this woman as what will happen to them, and there are other factors not shown in the stories written about her. Did anyone ever get any proof that her smoking definitely caused it? It is just that to see things like this, one must wonder if it is 100% accurate. I’m one of those people that gets scared to death seeing stories like Barb’s, punishing myself to oblivion, picturing myself dead in a few years. It is my fault I smoke. Trying to Vape now to quit. Down to a pack/day from 2 packs, but that’s still a lot. That said, seeing something like this woman’s story makes a LOT OF PEOPLE absolutely terrified, thinking that even if they quit they’ll be dead next week.

    Thanks for the article. Much appreciated.

  13. Very informative article. It’s sad that Barb Tarbox died of cancer, but how can they prove her cancer was caused by smoking? She might have lived in a house with radon gas in the basement, or was genetically predisposed to getting cancer. My girlfriend got lung cancer which spread rapidly through her body. She never smoked in her life, ate a healthy diet, and did all she could to live a healthy life. She passed away at age 43 (RIP Anita, I miss you honey). I smoke, but buy organically grown and cured whole tobacco leaf. It’s a bit more of a hassle to cut up and roll compared to store-bought cigs, but well worth it. I’ve smoked since I was 13. I’m 55 now. Just had a complete physical and the doctor couldn’t believe I have smoked that long. My lungs were clearer than most non-smokers, my blood pressure is perfect, cholesterol levels really good with very high levels of “good” cholesterol. Liver and kidneys are that of an average 28 year old. No emphasema or COPD. I enjoy my cigarettes and have no plans to quit. I will be growing my own tobacco this year now that I live in a house with a garden. Anyway, great article! Very informative! And lastly, there was a comment from someone who smokes organic tobacco, but was worried about the cigarette paper. Most places where Marijuana is legal or decriminalized sell pure hemp papers with no glue. Way better than bleached wood papers!

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