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Cigarettes and other forms of tobacco cause cancer and are poisonous to humans...
For most adult Americans, this is no longer news... Yet many of our young people still are unaware of these medical facts. Few people know the actor who played the Marlboro Man died of lung cancer -- due to smoking. Cigarette smoke contains over 4,000 chemicals and compounds. Forty of these substances are cancer-causing agents. One-third of all new smokers will eventually die from tobacco use.

Smoking causes cancer, heart disease, lung disease and strokes. Smokers as young as 18 have shown signs of heart disease. A smoker loses seven minutes off of their life every time they smoke a cigarette. More than 434,000 Americans die each year from diseases caused by tobacco. Secondhand smoke kills an additional 50,000 - 70,000 Americans each year.

Cigars and chewing tobacco contain cancer-causing chemicals just like cigarettes. Cigar smokers are four to ten times more likely to suffer from cancer of the throat, larynx and esophagus than nonsmokers. This is largely due to the size of cigars. Smoking one cigar is like smoking about 10 cigarettes. Smokeless tobacco causes cancer of the mouth, tongue and throat -- just ask Rick Bender. He calls himself, the "Man With No Face."

We begin this section highlighting a 1977 report released by Clifford Goldsmith, President of Philip Morris USA. This shocking account illustrates how Philip Morris, leaders of the tobacco industry, worked to confuse the public, discredit other reseachers and anti-smoking groups such as the American Cancer Society and American Lung Association. These and other tactics including (but not limited to) "buying" political influence with massive political contributions, threats of legal action, and creating front groups such as the National Smokers' Alliance that hid the tobacco industry's real intentions and delayed social action for more than three decades. Remember, in 1964, the U.S. Surgeon General originally sounded the alarm about smoking.

Fields of Death Today, Philip Morris says they have changed. This again is another deception. They now use their massive financial resources in an attempt to change the public's image of their company (see Philip Morris Attempts To Re-create Their Corporate Image. They have purchased more respectable companies such as Kraft foods and Miller beer, hoping to shield criticism about their most profitable industry -- tobacco. Further, this American company is focusing heavily on growing their overseas markets in China, Russia and the developing world. Their marketing and promotion of tobacco products will lead to the eventual death of millions of people worldwide. This is how the world will remember America -- and each of us. We are the Merchants of the Green Death.


Clifford H. Goldsmith, President
Philip Morris U.S.A.

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