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Trusting Big Business: Polonium

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Yet another reason I really don’t trust Big Business and why I want close oversight by an outside watchdog—namely, a Federal government that is barred from taking money from Big Business and its lobbyists. Here’s the story:

Tobacco manufacturers discovered over 40 years ago that radioactive polonium-210 exists in cigarettes and tobacco smoke, and spent decades working to remove it, according to a new study published in the American Journal of Public Health. The companies tried to remove polonium, a naturally-occurring, alpha particle-emitting constituent of the fertilizers and soil used to grow tobacco, by creating special filters, washing the tobacco leaf and genetically altering tobacco plants, but ultimately failed to remove it. Instead of coming clean, the companies kept their internal research on polonium and information about their unsuccessful efforts to remove it secret. They didn’t want to heighten public awareness of polonium in cigarettes. Polonium-210 is the lethal radioactive substance that was used to poison Russian dissident Alexander Litvinenko in London in 2006.

Source: UK Independent, August 24, 2008

Written by Leisureguy

26 August 2008 at 12:26 pm

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