first published March 2018. updated July 2021.
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SilencedOrganic.com is a resource of detailed documents, released through the Freedom of Information Act, along with a Ton of other, supporting information. It proves deep corruption in U.S. government agencies etc., silencing the Organic tobacco movement. Tens of thousands of lives, per year, hang in the balance.
If 1,000 lives saved per year can justify Fire Safe Cigarettes, then Organic tobacco, surely needs to be the law, as it would prevent 38,000 new cases of lung cancer, per year, in the U.S. alone! Definitely a step in the right direction.
I bought two new Geiger counters, in order to measure background radiation and tobacco sample radiation simultaneously. My initial measurements are confirmed. Marlboro Red, Camel Filters and Newport Menthol are significantly more radioactive than the Turquoise and Gold American Spirit Organic varieties. The rest of American Spirit offerings are non-Organic, and are just as radioactive as most cigarettes.
Clarification: There is a significantly-radioactive fertilizer that is considered Organic: Rock phosphate. However, it is not often used in Organic tobacco crops because of the extremely low availability of the Phosphorus content, at 3%; it is very expensive in terms of cost per acre, as I was told by an expert in tobacco farming back east, where most tobacco is grown. Also, there are other Organic, low-radioactivity fertilizers, such as manures and bone meal, which are easier to get and they are cheaper overall. When it comes to non-Organic tobacco farming (the vast majority of cigarettes on the planet), there is triple super phosphate fertilizer. 90% of the phosphorus in it is available, so it is used heavily. And it is highly radioactive – much more radioactive than the commonly used Organic fertilizers. The Geiger counters surely don’t lie!
An update with better measurements:
I made more recent measurements (done in 2020) and much more reliable measurements (many more Geiger counter readings over much larger periods of time). These newer measurements indicate that non-Organic tobacco is about 3.8 times more radioactive than American Spirit Organic (only two types of American Spirit tobacco are Organic – see below). This translates into a lung cancer risk reduction of about 25% percent, compared to non-Organic tobacco. It is very important to remember that American Spirit’s non-Organic tobacco does not have this reduction in risk – it is just as likely to cause lung cancer as Marlboro Red, Camel Filters, etc. The old measurements arrive at approximately 20% less likelihood of lung cancer, if smoking Organic. The new measurements arrive at approximately 25% less likelihood of developing lung cancer, if smoking American Spirit Organic, compared with smoking non-Organic. But Organic can’t undo all the radiation in your lungs from smoking non-Organic, plus even when smoking Organic, it’s only approximately 25% less likely to give you lung cancer, from the period of time that you might smoke Organic. So don’t smoke. Quit if you reasonably can. But if you must…
If you must smoke, you want one of the two, to the left (pictured below). Turquoise for full-flavor. Gold for lights. It MUST say “Made with Organic Tobacco.” All other American Spirit cigarettes are NON-Organic and just as dangerous as Marlboro, Camel, Newport etc. Do not be confused by the Blue or Yellow packs from American Spirit (which are non-Organic and very radioactive), pictured to the right!
You can find a lot of scientific papers on this topic here: Google Scholar papers about cancer due to radiation in tobacco.
Also, it is possible to grow your own Organic tobacco. Look on the net for how to. And LeafOnly sells big bags of raw Organic tobacco if you want to roll your own.
If you smoke, try to quit. Vaping is generally agreed on, by all sorts of authorities, to be safer than smoking. It’s also usually cheaper. And eventually be rid of nicotine; taper off the vape. Nicotine is a poison. I can only imagine it being a good idea to start using nicotine if you take medication that inhibits your dopamine levels in your brain. Nicotine mimics dopamine, but also does some damage.
For an antagonist in the Facebook advertisement comments for this website: It’s truth vs lies. The reason some measures to make tobacco less dangerous failed is because they were falsehoods. Filters fail because they don’t filter out much, and they are designed so the ventilation holes get blocked. Switching to “lights” fails often because people smoke more to compensate for the lower nicotine level. However now, Organic is not a lie. As implemented by American Spirit, it means no additives and less alpha radiation. So it really is safer. Now, the transition to Organic needs to be coupled with programs to stop people from starting smoking, and programs to help people quit. And I believe tobacco should eventually be phased out completely.
These government agencies are complicit with Big Tobacco – they warn no one about the scientific realities presented here.
In this video, Bill Drake, the Visionary whose work has led to American Spirit Organic, expertly explains the dangers of pesticides, sheet tobacco, preservatives and additives in Non USDA Organic Tobacco (virtually every cigarette on the planet is not Organic). Only a handful of pesticides are approved for use in Organic tobacco agriculture. He also talks about the global crime syndicate gangs of Big Tobacco.
Check out this New England Journal of Medicine article on the Billions in holdings, which U.S. etc. health and life insurance companies, have invested in the cigarette industry. Now where do you think that money goes? And do you think they want Organic tobacco to exist? Big tobacco would have to admit they’re wrong, selling non-Organic tobacco. The way they manage their public image would Fail if they investigated Organic tobacco — They’d be admitting that their entire line of cigarettes is worse! Ignorance is strength — George Orwell’s legacy lives on. Reynolds American bought American Spirit (including AS USDA Organic offerings) in 2002. I bet they just want to marginalize Organic tobacco and keep it quiet, while not totally obliterating the AS brand, because of the public outrage, and exposure, which Reynolds American would suffer if they discontinued the only Organic, pre-rolled tobacco brand, which exists on this planet, to the best of my knowledge. It’s sad that American Spirit sold out like this, they must have been aware of the consequences.
Here’s a key quote from the article: “Although investing in tobacco while selling life or health insurance may seem self-defeating, insurance firms have figured out ways to profit from both. Insurers exclude smokers from coverage or, more commonly, charge them higher premiums. Insurers profit — and smokers lose — twice over.”
Big Insurance invests heavily in Big Tobacco, because smokers are simply charged higher premiums. And many smokers will definitely need health care, so they end up paying the higher premiums. Without a readily available, very harmful product (Big Tobacco), then there wouldn’t be all these horribly-suffering people, which are forced into a) getting health insurance, and b) paying high premiums for treatment of their diseases. Big Tobacco and Big Insurance work together like this, and they definitely don’t want a truly safer cigarette (Organic tobacco). They want their smokers to get sick, need the high costs of health care, and then die quickly, so not too much money would be spent by Big Insurance, to keep those poor smokers alive. Sick Organic tobacco smokers would live longer, once they’ve fallen ill, so Big Insurance favors non-Organic tobacco heavily. And if there’s anything that they can dig up, that you didn’t disclose when you applied for health insurance (often times insignificant details), Big Insurance can simply jack up the premiums for their customers, or disown them, all the while knowing that their customers can’t afford those higher costs, so they’re forced to go without insurance. Big Insurance gets their money, and then leaves their clients to die, with no help.
See the following table from the article:
So while we’re at it, let’s get rid of Big Insurance. We are the only civilized nation on this planet, which doesn’t have health care for all. I highly recommend the Michael Moore’s documentary, “Sicko.” Also, check out the notion of a Single Payer System on Wikipedia.
Read the following script excerpt from The Insider, with Russell Crowe and Al Pacino:
“The unlimited checkbook. That’s how Big Tobacco wins every time. On everything. They spend you to death. $600 million a year in outside legal. Chadbourne-Parke. Ken Starr’s firm, Kirkland and Ellis. Listen. GM and Ford, they get nailed after 11 or 12 pick-ups blow up. Right? These clowns [Big Tobacco] have never…I mean ever… Not even once…not even with hundreds of thousands dying each year from an illness related to their product…have ever lost a personal-injury lawsuit.”
As long as Big Tobacco’s pockets are kept deep, by Big Insurance, etc. etc., they will never have to pay for any verdict against them. If they did start losing legal cases, then a precedent would be established, in the courts, against them. But this conglomeration of criminal enterprise protects itself, so none of them have to pay out any money in legal battles, insurance claims, etc. If you’re going to die, and need medical care, they want you to die soon. So that’s why they want maximum death from cigarettes. That’s one reason why Organic tobacco is marginalized.
See this CNBC article entitled “Big tobacco stands to benefit from an FDA crackdown on e-cigs, analyst says.” This is another way Big Tobacco would get hurt, and therefore is protected by the FDA etc. They’d have to admit e-cigs are less dangerous than their main offerings. They just want to see it go away, exactly like Organic tobacco. That’s my opinion, on this subtopic.
Another CNBC article, which connects the Director of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC.gov), to investments in Big Tobacco stocks, and Big Insurance stocks. Now, why would she do that? Could it be that those, in control of public policy, are complicit with Big Tobacco and Big Insurance? Do their actions, and inactions, reveal that? I think so. Actually, the evidence is conclusive on that. Do you think they want, in their corruption, to see Organic tobacco – something that would save so many lives? I doubt it, because that would mean their investments in Big Tobacco, and Big Insurance would not pay. They profit from death. Organic tobacco would be a step in the right direction, but then Big Tobacco would have to admit, and knock their entire product line. And people living longer, because they choose Organic tobacco, would screw up the Big Insurance investments because it would cost more to keep them alive (smoking less-dangerous, Organic tobacco), once they start to have health problems from smoking. Smoking-related medical insurance payouts are much more expensive then money coming in from customers, to have medical coverage, I assume. So Big Insurance wants their customers to die quickly, once they get sick, hence the investments in Big Tobacco, and the marginalizing of Organic tobacco. And then the government officials, the politicians, they all get paid off publicly from Big Tobacco and Big Insurance lobbyists and privately who knows how. That’s my opinion, on this subtopic.
See here for how much public lobbying ($) is going on by Big Insurance:
And Big Tobacco:
“The Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act, is a federal statute in the United States that was signed into law by President Barack Obama on June 22, 2009. The Act gives the Food and Drug Administration the power to regulate the tobacco industry.”
Or so it says on the surface! Read on:
“Critics argue that without the authority to eliminate nicotine completely, the reduction of nicotine levels in cigarettes may result in compensation by existing smokers, increasing their cigarette smoke inhalation to consume a level of nicotine which will satisfy their cravings [In other words, it just makes smokers buy more cigarettes, to a) satisfy their cravings, and b) further the fortunes of Big Tobacco, and their criminal partners]. The Tobacco Control Act has been called “the Marlboro Protection Act” because it grandfathered in tobacco products marketed before 2007, while erecting nearly impassable financial and regulatory barriers for the introduction of competing products to the US market.”
Obama, the FDA, and Big Tobacco etc., just want to sell more packs of smokes, and ensure people who smoke, to die fast (connected to Big Insurance etc.), because of all the horrible things cigarettes have in them, which Are Not in Organic tobacco.
Imagine state government (or municipal) controlled Organic tobacco production. Get rid of Big Tobacco. There’s a parallel between horribly-corrupt, evil Big Tobacco and gang-like activity. What if we got rid of the gangs (Big Tobacco), and let local governments oversee, and more-ethically produce and sell Organic tobacco? Every 10 seconds, a person dies from tobacco – that’s 6 people per minute. Tobacco, and only Organic tobacco, should be available, given the 20% less-likelihood of lung cancer, which it presents. But it needs to be phased out completely, eventually.
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