Waking a Sleeping Giant: The Tobacco Industry's Response to the Polonium-210 Issue
Journalism / Mass Media Ethics
Scientific Research Ethics
Health Care for Substance Abusers / Users of Controlled Substances
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AbstractThe 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.
American Journal of Public Health 2008 September; 98(9): 1643-1650