I just read an article yesterday, written by a RT about this very topic.
Her name is Anne Landman. As a RT she estimates that 95 percent of her pt load is smoking-related. Her quote "when I see someone smoking, I see someone dying".
After the large settlements, Landman has spent hours of leisure time at her computer- she lives in COlorado, sifting through tobacco industry documents and unearthing things that have outraged her. You see in the 1998 Master Settlement, it forced tobacco companies to post publicly 36 million internal documents.
What she found out was TERRIBLE. The companies are trying to find ways to get kids to smoke. One document read " Imagine a five-year-old who will be a future customer, how can our company BEGIN to attract or tap into this next generation".
In early 1999 Landman made a discovery. THe tobacco companies where paying "placement fees" to retail stores for self serve displays. The displays where within reach of children, but out of sight of the clert, thus enabling shoplifting and by extension, nicotine addiction.
I could go on and on about his the article was quite long. However I will include ways for you to link to the documents if you so wish:
Phillip Morris: http://www.pmdocs.com
Brown & Williamson: http://www.bwdocs.com
If you want to look at the documents Anne Landman has collected and summarized, or to subscribe to her doc-alert list go to:
Landman now spends time presenting to adults and children, focusing on the documents she has culled. "I want the people who use the product,or who are exposed to it, to know what is in this stuff, what they are taking into their bodies........Think about it. Tobacco companies don't have to provide a listing of the their products, but SHAMPOO companies do. You wuld need a permit to dump the toxins into a land fill that are contained in cigarettes. Benzene, arsenic, ammonia, formaldehyde, hydrogen cyanided- STUFF they use in the gas chamber".
I know this post is long, but important, I thought. It is my Pet cause as well. Education, it is the key.