After manufacturing, a cigarette contains 20% expanded tobacco (tobacco puffed with carbon dioxide to be used as a filler), tobacco leaf stems, and reclaimed tobacco. 30% is made of reconstituted tobacco. The remaining 50% is tobacco treated with sugar to help cover up nicotine’s bitter taste, and to help enhance the absorption of the nicotine in the body. There are also … [Read more...] about Do You Know What’s in Your Cigarette?
Filmmaker Nadia Collot took three years to dig deep into the global tobacco industry and uncover the major lies and fraud for which it's responsible. In The Tobacco Conspiracy (Kuiv Productions and National Film Board of Canada), the network of deceit and lies of the Big Tobacco companies is highlighted, as well as the expanse of this manipulation and … [Read more...] about The Tobacco Conspiracy: Investigative Documentary Challenges Industry Lies
States feel the economic effects of smoking through increased health and medical costs and lost productivity of its citizens. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends that states fund tobacco control programs in order to reduce the economic burden of smoking’s effects. Some states have been cutting back on the funding of these programs as a cost-saving measure. … [Read more...] about Funding Tobacco Control Programs Has Long-Term Payoff
The yellow stains on a smoker’s fingers and teeth is caused by the tar that results from smoking tobacco. Tar causes great damage to a person’s lungs as it kills the cilia, affecting breathing ability. The accumulation of this substance can be difficult to imagine, but a graphic video demonstrates for people the levels of tar that is extracted from approximately 20 packs … [Read more...] about How Much Tar in That Cigarette?
According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), approximately 20% of high school students smoke cigarettes or use other tobacco products. The FDA also reports that 80% of adults who smoke started before they were 18 years old. As part of the FDAs strategy of protecting the health of youth, compliance checks amongst tobacco retailers are done to determine whether or … [Read more...] about Retailers Selling Tobacco Products to Underage Users Receive Warning Letter