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The Secret Ingredients of Cigarettes

Most of us assume that cigarettes are simply tobacco rolled up in paper, but that FAR from the truth: many OTHER ingredients--many of them SECRET--are added to the mix.

So far, over 600 of these ingredients have been identified, including Ammonia, Glycerol, Propylene glycol, Cocoa and cocoa shells, Licorice, Diammonium phosphate, Urea, Menthol (which makes it harder to quit), St. John's Bread, Chocolate, Potassium sorbate, Prune juice and concentrate, Levulinic acid, Angelica Root, Nutmeg powder and oil, Dandelion root solid extract, cardamom oil, carob bean extract, cinnamon oil, coffee extract, coriander oil, corn syrup and an oil made from camomile flowers. Also added (in the past) have been secretions from the anal glands of the civet cat and the Siberian beaver.

Various types of sugars are added because, when burned, they produce acetaldehydes, which increase the addictive potency of the nicotine.

In the September 1st edition of the Wall Street Journal, Robert N. Proctor writes: "Global consumption of cigarettes has now reached six trillion sticks a year, which turns out to be more than 300 million miles of cigarettes--enough to make a continuous chain from the Earth to the sun and back, with enough left over for a couple of side trips to Mars. On that long journey, smokers deserve to know exactly what's in their cigarettes, and why."

The secret we like best is The Secret of Orenda. The Indians may have brought tobacco to the West, but they brought magic too (and knowledge of the Visitors--NOTE: Subscribers can listen to these two provocative interviews).

Polonium is one of the substances in cigarette papers, roundabout the time that Russian guy Litvinenko was dying supposedly of the KGB poisoning him with Polonium210, the British had happened to have done an analysis of the constituents of cigarette paper, found one of them was the politically reactive (as well as biologically) Polonium, and the claim is the British suppressed that report.......obviously the political slant concerning Litvinenko dying was what they wanted, and it wasn't necessarily the truth.

There was a time prior to the early 1960's when cigarettes WERE pretty much tobacco rolled in a thin paper. In the early 60's when I was in my early 20's I lived and worked as a temporary secretary in New York City. Some time in 1961 I had a temp job at American Machine and Foundry. I was assigned to a Dr. Hadley (I cannot recall his first name) who had developed a cigarette making machine that would (and did) revolutionize the industry. He had developed this in England, and was in a race against time with another inventor working on the same thing, but using a different design. Whoever finished first would be awarded the contract with American Machine and Foundry. During the 6 weeks or so I worked for Dr. Hadley I found out how cigarettes were made and what was in them. At that time the cigarette companies would purchase (hand picking them) the cured tobacco leaves. The top third of the leaf, which was tender and fragile and had only a few veins along with minimum tar and nicotine, became cigarettes. The bottom two thirds of the leaf which was tougher and which contained the thick veins and its stem, was discarded. This bottom two thirds of the leaf contained a lot of tar and nicotine and was considered unusable. (Very choice and select leaves became cigars, as a cigar is a whole rolled up leaf.) Dr. Hadley's machine could use the whole leaf, taking that bottom two thirds of the leaf and its stem, chop it up and mix it with a filler, after which it could be rolled up into the cigarette paper and a filter attached. After typing up all these specs I asked him if he realized what he was putting over on the public, since cigarettes would be much worse for one than they already were. He said if he hadn't gotten the contract, the other guy would have. And it would save the tobacco companies millions of dollars being able to use the hitherto discarded parts.

Within a year or so I (who was then a light smoker) began to notice a big difference in cigarettes as to their harshness and general change in taste, especially the filtered brands. And I began to quit for longer and longer periods of time as I couldn't find any I cared for. I haven't smoked since 1975, and won't again, but I noticed more and more that I couldn't be in the room with someone smoking as I would choke and sometimes have to go outside. The exception to this was if I were in a room with people smoking hand-rolled cigarettes made from natural papers and natural tobacco usually from England. I have since then wondered what more was done to the cigarettes which are so abominable to me and these articles tell a lot. The tobacco companies deserved to be sued as they are killing people. I don't think that smoking was ever "healthful", but it was not the deadly thing it is now, and I don't think it was so addictive back before the early 60's.

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