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Kennedy Bill Ignores Pesticides, Dioxins, Radiation, Etc. in Cigs ! (english)
09 Oct 2002
Some of the world's worst industrial toxins and carcinogens are in typical cigarettes (in secret from consumers)...yet the Senate ignores this. Senate also ignores the fact that a typical cig may not contain any tobacco at all...yet they (and others) insist on calling it a "tobacco" problem. What's UP? That smell is not just smoke.
Ask your Senator(s) for a copy of a bill called S. 2626. Primary sponsor, Senator Kennedy.
You can also see it at:
http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/z?d107:s.02626:

Who needs to buy Stephen King when scary stuff like this is already paid for by us taxpayers?

Wrapped nicely in the title, "Youth Smoking Prevention and Public Health Protection Act", is this sour package that should be called, "The Indictment of Pesticides Prevention and Chlorine Industry Protection Act".

The bill as of Oct 8, has been "sent back to committee" for "discussion" but it could arise any time. Of interest to Pesticides Activists is one part (Sec 4, Scope and Purpose [or Effect], (b) "Agricultural Activities", relating to the possibility of the Food and Drug Administration regulating cigarettes:
"The provisions of this Act (or an amendment made by this Act) which authorize the Secretary to take certain actions with regard to tobacco and tobacco products shall not be construed to affect any authority of the Secretary of Agriculture regarding the growing, cultivation or curing of raw tobacco".

Unless Senate "discussion" clarifies this, it seems to mean that the hundreds of tobacco pesticides (carbamate, organophosphate and chlorinated), and the uranium-contaminated phosphate fertilizers will not be an element of this youth-protecting, "health protection" act. This means that, even though smoke from the incinerated chlorine pesticide residues that delivers dioxin (over and over again) to uninformed, unprotected, insufficiently-warned smokers (disobedient kids included) will be allowed to remain.

The act actually mentions, briefly, agricultural additives. It is a remote chance that any of these many additives (fruit, juices, extracts, oils, nuts, coffee, honey, ETCETERA) are pesticide-free. They are all under the Dept. of Ag...so, no scrutiny of their contribution to a typical cigarette's dioxin dose will be part of the Act. As the "law" is currently written, there's no poison on earth forbidden. Saddam Hussein could hide his (U.S.-Supplied) biological and chemical "weapons of mass destruction" in a Marlboro and it would be okey doke.

The Act says nothing about the industrial waste cellulose used for making Fake Tobacco. Among other things, this includes Timber Products Waste, Food Processing Waste and Agricultural Waste. Not likely that this rubbish is un-contaminated by chlorine. Also...apparently, not to be on the table for Senate "discussion".

Dioxin exists in smoke from typical cigs also from the bleached paper and from who-knows-what still Top Secret ingredients. (Only 599 have been revealed by Big Cig.)

About a year ago, news reported that DDT comes to U.S. cigs via import tobacco...usually tobacco waste or "reconstituted" (like paper) "tobacco". Point of story was that U.S. Customs and the Dept of Ag don't even bother to CHECK two thirds of this stuff for DDT. Since this isn't about "growing, cultivation or curing" of tobacco, as per above quote, maybe THIS DDT can be addressed by the Senators who care so much for "youth".

Conclusion: The Chlorine Industry will be given a Get Out Of Jail Free card if this Act goes anywhere. Nowhere in the Act are the words "dioxin" or "chlorine" mentioned...as if the Senators don't notice at least the Bleached Paper. Big Oil and Big Pharmaceuticals, manufacturers of the pesticides, will get off the hook. Past, present and future harms to unwittingly Dioxin Contaminated smokers will be Invisible Crimes...as the compensation to victims will be equally invisible.
Invisible too will be Honest Science in analysis of these products, and Honest Medicine in doing diagnosis of illnesses...not to mention Honest Autopsies. Why? Check out the chlorine interests (and their insurers and investors) who control so much "science" and "medicine".

It helps to keep in mind that dioxin (as found in typical cig smoke) has been inducted into the Known Human Carcinogen "Hall of Fame"...and that the U.S. itself admitted how bad it is by signing the POPs treaty to eliminate it from the earth. These co-sponsoring Senators (Kennedy, DeWine, Harkin, McCain, Durbin, Graham, Wellstone (!!!), Collins, Feinstein and Reed) need to be URGENTLY reminded of this since, apparently, they forgot to check their own EPA and CDC records about dioxin being in "cigarettes" and being NOT from tobacco but from Dow-developed CHLORINE.

Sample letter beginning: "Dear Sen.________, Despite dioxin being arguably the worst industrial element of the age, why is it still legal in smoke from typical cigarettes?

It might not work to ask them how much money from Big Chlorine interests it takes to get them to ignore the secret poisoning of millions of people so that a relative handful of Chlorine profiteers can continue to profit. They do not care that whatever natural risks there may be from using unadulterated tobacco, or being exposed to any natural pathogen or carcinogen or whatevr, are maximized by this dioxin. It is, among many other things, an immune suppressor. The cold viciousness of tolerating THIS substance in products is stunning.


PS: Did anyone hear in news that this Act was to be in Senate in Early October? No? Why such Under-The-Radar actions on a topic that's otherwise in the news every day?

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