Corruption and Tobbaco

tobacco_plant This Documentary unveils the longstanding corruption that has taken place in the tobacco industry throughout the last decade. Focusing on how the tobacco companies used the huge marketing capabilities to over shadow scientific research which proves that smoking can lead to cancer and other harmful health problems. It's a well established but little known fact that commercially grown tobacco is contaminated with radiation. The major source of this radiation is phosphate fertilizer.1 The big tobacco companies all use chemical phosphate fertilizer, which is high in radioactive metals, year after year on the same soil. These metals build up in the soil, attach themselves to the resinous tobacco leaf and ride tobacco trichomes in tobacco smoke, gathering in small "hot spots" in the small-air passageways of the lungs.2 Tobacco is especially effective at absorbing radioactive elements from phosphate fertilizers, and also from naturally occurring radiation in the soil, air, and water.3 To grow what the tobacco industry calls "more flavorful" tobacco, US farmers use high-phosphate fertilizers. The phosphate is taken from a rock mineral, apatite, that is ground into powder, dissolved in acid and further processed. Apatite rock also contains radium, and the radioactive elements lead 210 and polonium 210. The radioactivity of common chemical fertilizer can be verified with a Geiger-Mueller counter and an open sack of everyday 13-13-13 type of fertilizer (or any other chemical fertilizer high in phosphate content).4 Source 1: Naturally occurring radio active mineral accumulate on the sticky surfaces of tobacco leaves as the plant grows, these leaves remain on the tobacco throughout the manufacturing process. Additional the use of phosphate fertiliser apatite - which contain radium,  lead -210, and polonium- 210 - also increases there amount of radiation in tobacco plants. The radium that accumulates on he tobacco leaves predominantly emits alpha and gamma radiation. Lead -210 and polonium - 210 particle lodge in the smokers Lungs, were they accumulate fir decades (lead - 210 has a half life of 23.3 years) the tar form the tobacco build up in the bronchioles and traps even more of these particles. Over time these particles can damage the lungs and lead to lung cancer. Source 2:  (EPA) Environmental Protection Agency