Is the government recalling all cigarettes? Of course not. Don’t be silly. Why bite the hand that feeds you? Ahh, but the hand is quicker than the eye, and apparently it has been slipping more and more of its highly addictive drug into its already lethal products. Normally we shy away from news that doesn’t have to do with product recalls, but this blog is also about corporate responsibility and transparent corporate business operations, especially when public health is involved.
The Associated Press reported yesterday on a paper by the Massachusetts Department of Health, which shows “a steady increase in the amount of nicotine delivered to the smokers’ lungs regardless of brand, with overall yields increasing 10 percent”. Regardless of the brand? It looks like Big Tobacco has been meeting together behind closed doors again to agree on a strategy for keeping Americans hooked on their drug. Sort of reminds you of the good ol’ days, doesn’t it?
But Kool, a popular brand among African Americans (this is based on data, not unfounded racist assumptions), decided to take it a step further, and increased their nicotine levels by 20 percent. I guess they had to make double-sure that particular demographic remained hooked.
The Associated Press was kicking but and giving names in their story, stating that Jennifer Golisch, spokeswoman for Phillip Morris USA, declined to comment. Perhaps she’s willing to talk to YOU:
Manager-Media Affairs, Philip Morris USA
P.O. Box 26603,Richmond, VA 23261
E-mail: [email protected]
Public Health Commissioner, Paul Cote Jr., told AP that they want health care providers to know that smokers are getting more nicotine and may need additional help in trying to quit. And who is to pay for that “help” in an already-struggling healthcare system?
US Recall News nominates the tobacco companies. Feel free to contact a personal injury attorney and discuss your options in light of this new-found information.
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