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To Find Ways of Removing Cigarette Poisons (Radiation, Free Radicals) in Smoking Quitters

Updated on August 28, 2014

Acceleration of removal or reduction of radiation among smoking quitters

The cigarette industry has finally admitted the presence of poisons in cigarette smoke. For over 50 years it hid this fact from the public and consumers.These poisons are radioactive materials.

President Obama signed into law an act authorizing the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to regulate the cigarette industry in removing or reducing the amount of radioactive materials in tobacco (Melpor. Internet. Sept. 19,2012).

Polonium is one of the primary agents responsible for cancer among smokers and inhalers of second hand smoke. Polonium is a radioactive material that the tobacco plant gets from the air, fertilizer used to grow it and the soil on which it is grown.

Polonium is a potent poison. There are reports that the Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko was poisoned with polonium. So was Yasser Arafat, former president of Palestine, when he was hospitalized in France. Swiss scientists found residues of polonium in his wardrobe.

To summarize:

One: Tobacco, and, therefore, cigarettes contain polonium that is a radioactive material.

Two: polonium 210 is found in the cigarette smoke that is inhaled by the smoker and inhaler of second hand smoke.

Three: polonium 210 is found in the junctions of lung tubules of persons who are smoking, who inhale second smoke, and those who had quit smoking.

Four: polonium 210 decays into lead 206 that is stable. As it decays it emits alpha particles and radiation and generates free radicals.

Five: radiation rearranges atoms in the DNA, heredity material, resulting in mutation then tumor or cancer.

Six: Free radicals grab electrons from molecules of cells injuring the cell that results in mutation then tumor or cancer.

How does polonium 210 cause cancer?

Polonium 210, being unstable, decays into lead 206 which is stable. The 84 protons, each paired with an electron, are reduced into 82 leaving behind two unpaired electrons.

Radiation rearranges electrons of atoms that make up the DNA. Such rearrangement initiates mutation in DNA resulting in tumor or cancer.

Unpaired electrons, to stabilize themselves, grab other electrons in molecules of cell and initiate mutation that result in tumor or cancer. These unpaired electrons also make the decaying polonium 210 a free radical. (I have several Hubs on how free radicals cause cancer and heart disease.)

Polonium 210 has a half life of 138.4 days. Polonium is found in the cigarette smoke. The smoker and the inhaler of second hand smoke inhales polonium that is deposited in the branch junctions of the lungs. Therefore, a person who quits smoking now will have polonium and free radicals in his body in 138.4 days more or double that for the whole life of this radioactive material.

Lead 210 in tobacco

Tobacco also contains lead 210, according to Dr. Cranton (Cranton, E., MD Bypassing Bypass. Updated second edition. 1995). Lead 210 decays into polonium 210; it has a half life of 22 years. That means that a person who quits smoking now will have lead 210 in his body for 22 years more or double that for the whole life of this radioactive material.

Added incentive for smoking quitters

Polonium 210 and lead 210 must be removed from the bodies of persons who had quit smoking. They could have accumulated a lot of radiation in their bodies because one and one-half packs of cigarette consumed gives off radiation equivalent to 300 x-ray exposures in a year (Melpor).

At least the removal or reduction of these materials must be accelerated.

Scientific research

Wilma E. Hunt had detected the presence of polonium in cigarette smoke and in bifurcations of lung tubules (Melpor). That was in 1964 yet. So, the results and methods of Hunt can be adopted for use in a research.

Fifteen sticks of cigarette smoked initiate one mutation on the average (

Can a low-cost gadget that can detect radioactive materials be made for use in smoking quitters?

It has been found that a person lacking iodine is prone to thyroid gland cancer. The mechanism of this phenomenon should be elaborated.

People living near nuclear power plants are buying a lot if kelp (a seaweed) that stores sodium iodide. This is being used as a protection against radiation. Does kelp take out the polonium and lead from a person? This question must be answered by research.

If sodium iodide is an antidote, what is the dose? How long will it take to remove x-rays from the body of smoking quitter?

There are other sources of sodium iodide or sodium iodate, like the caliche mine in Chile.

The burden of removing or reducing radiation in cigarettes lies with the cigarette industry. Research, whether initiated by the industry or a foundation or a government agency, must be undertaken for this purpose.

However, the cigarette industry is not responsible for the reduction or removal of radiation in the bodies of those who had quit smoking or those who had inhaled second hand smoke. Scientific research must be done to attain these objectives.

For example, the March of Dimes (National Institute for Infantile Paralysis) supported Dr. Jonas Salk and his team to come up with the Salk vaccine against polio.

Ultimately, tobacco growing must be banned. But that is a distant hope. [I have a Hub "New Law In U.S.A. Requires Manufacturers To Reduce Or Remove Radiation (Poison) In Cigarettes."]

Is the cigarette industry also responsible for radiation in smoking quitters?

Could the cigarette industry be made responsible for the death of persons who contracted cancer from smoking cigarettes? One test case is a lawsuit filed by Edwin Green then followed up by his heirs after his death in 1956, That was decided in favor of American Tobacco in 1969 for lack of evidence that cigarettes cause cancer. At that time even the courts did not know that cigarettes contain polonium, or they had failed to make the cigarette industry admit its presence. That is, if the case is still getting cobwebs and the heirs are still interested to re-open the case.

That cigarettes contain radioactive materials is new evidence that fulfill the requirement for re-opening the case. It is an established fact that radiation causes cancer.


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