Waking a sleeping giant: The tobacco industry's response to the polonium-210 issue

Monique E. Muggli, Jon O. Ebbert, Channing Robertson, Richard D. Hurt

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Abstract

The major tobacco manufacturers discovered that polonium was part of tobacco and tobacco smoke more than 40 years ago and attempted, but failed, to remove this radioactive substance from their products. Internal tobacco industry documents reveal that the companies suppressed publication of their own internal research to avoid heightening the public's awareness of radioactivity in cigarettes. Tobacco companies continue to minimize their knowledge about polonium-210 in cigarettes in smoking and health litigation. Cigarette packs should carry a radiation-exposure warning label.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1643-1650
Number of pages8
JournalAmerican journal of public health
Volume98
Issue number9
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1 2008

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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