If 6 billion cigarettes are smoked worldwide every year and each one contains 10 milligrams of tar, then every year 60 million kilos of this viscous tar is deposited in human lungs. You could load 6000 train carriages with this tar, with 10 tonne truckloads full to the brim..." – Robert Proctor is a US science historian at the esteemed Stanford University and is frequently consulted as an expert in tobacco trials, dealing with billions of dollars. Proctor loves the drastic comparison t and rarely fails to impact the smoking public, who should really know about these figures. In our interview, he even tops this: "These 6 billion cigarettes yearly cause – as far as we know today – in 20 to 30 years two million lung cancer deaths per year. 135 million people, who are living currently, will die from lung cancer caused by smoking. Maybe now you understand why we here in the USA proceed so fiercely against affiliated tobacco groups and smoking. It is just not the case that smoking is an act of free will. Most smokers are addicted to nicotine and the many additives which the affiliated tobacco groups sneakily add to cigarettes."
Cocoa and banana oil improve the taste of cigarettes, just like liquorice. Robert Proctor: "Unbelievable but true: around 90 percent of liquorice produced worldwide goes to cigarette production. Through burning all of these substances, cigarette smoke also contains, alongside tar and nicotine, poisons like cyanide, formaldehyde, phenol, benzopyrine, carbon monoxide, nitrosamine, pesticide and per cigarette even 0.2 mg arsenic. It is calculated that smokers (and passive smokers) in this world breathe in a million kilos of arsenic yearly."
The US-scientist goes on: "Even radioactive polonium-210, that became famous these days because of the Russian secret-service affair, is present in cigarette smoke. The problem compared with other natural stimulants which contain polonium (e.g. bananas), but do not cause any damage: when you inhale cigarette smoke, the half-metal polonium accumulates in the highly sensitive lungs, where it cannot be secreted and gives out aggressive alpha-radiation. This has been known to tobacco groups since the sixties, which I know through my studies into the secret archives of the affiliated groups. It has also arisen from these records that the secret polonium research by the USA was relocated to Europe to cause less of a commotion. Even ,Austria Tobacco' wanted incidentally in 1982 to enlist research into polonium in cigarettes. What became of this I do not know. Austrian researchers have carried out studies into polonium in tobacco together with the Syrian atomic energy commission. What is certain in any case is that the polonium in cigarette smoke is the most dangerous radiation that normal humans, who do not work in a nuclear power plant, are today exposed to."
The fact that all of this information is not actually new, but that it does not find its way to (smoking) users, writes expert Robert Proctor about targeted disinformation via the tobacco industry: "The technique is the same as was used for the century long denegation of global warming here in the USA: It was reported that there was no concrete proof and so many pieces of diversionary information were distributed that consumers were always in doubt."
Obviously it is the case that the methods of affiliated tobacco groups are nothing but harmless: in the sixties Philipp Morris discovered by accident a means of reducing the tar content in Marlboro cigarettes without at the same time impairing the desired kick from the nicotine that the smokers wanted. Robert Proctor: "By mixing naturally poisonous ammonia the effect of nicotine shot through the roof. In technical terms it is called ,Freebasing' and it is a process that is also used for illegal drugs to increase the effects of cocaine and heroine. After Marlboro became a global leading cigarette brand by using this trick, other producers copied this method so that today almost all cigarettes on the market have built this ammonia turbocharger..."
Currently in the USA, Robert Proctor is involved as an official expert in a monster trial, in which 36 historians alone battle with the question what and how much the tobacco industry knew over the fatal effects of the components of their cigarette. Proctor: "In legal terms, this is all highly complicated and the affiliated groups are trying to offload the responsibility onto the consumers. We must now prove to them that they knowingly sold erroneous product to their customers."