For decades, big tobacco lied and manipulated its own research on the deadly effects of its product. Everyone has heard of the Big Tobacco Lawsuits but not many have seen the actual court documents, depositions and interviews with the major players in this worldwide cover-up. The sidebar of the homepage as well as the top menu has links to many of these documents which are in the public domain and are here for your viewing. The depths of lies and deceit will be shocking for those first learning how this all got started, by two small Mississippi lawyers willing to take on a global network though to have been too big for even the Federal Government to take on. These documents paint a clear picture that reads like a best selling thriller.
According to Altria’s website, this is where Philip Morris USA stands on smoking & health issues…today.
Smoking & Disease In Smokers
Philip Morris USA agrees with the overwhelming medical and scientific consensus that cigarette smoking causes lung cancer, heart disease, emphysema and other serious diseases in smokers. Smokers are far more likely to develop serious diseases, like lung cancer, than non-smokers. There is no safe cigarette.
Philip Morris USA agrees with the overwhelming medical and scientific consensus that cigarette smoking is addictive. It can be very difficult to quit smoking, but this should not deter smokers who want to quit from trying to do so.
To reduce the health effects of cigarette smoking, the best thing to do is to quit.
Smoking & Pregnancy
Women who quit smoking before or during pregnancy reduce the risk of adverse reproductive outcomes.
Second Hand Smoke
Public health officials have concluded that secondhand smoke from cigarettes causes disease, including lung cancer and heart disease, in non-smoking adults, as well as causes conditions in children such as asthma, respiratory infections, cough, wheeze, otitis media (middle ear infection) and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.
Surgeon General Reports
The Surgeon General of the United States has been the nation’s leading spokesperson on matters of public health since 1871. Beginning in 1962, at the request of President John F. Kennedy, the Surgeon General’s Office took on the task of reviewing literature on smoking and health and began issuing periodic reports. The first report was published in 1964.
Altria is the parent company which owns Philip Morris USA & US Smokeless Tobacco Companies. Below is a list of brands they own and their statement of tobacco and health, taken directly from their website at .
- Benson & Hedges
- English Ovals
- Virginia Slims
- Copenhagen Pouches
- Skoal Bandits
- Skoal Pouches
- Red Seal