Cigarettes: The Other Weapons of Mass Destruction

Martin Donohoe, MD, FACP

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April 04, 2005

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Dirty Bombs

Although Americans have been concerned about possible "rogue states" or "evil empires" gaining access to weapons of mass destruction, we must not forget that there is an enemy that mass-produces and sells -- with the complicity and financial support of both the US government and healthcare organizations -- weapons of mass destruction. This enemy is none other than the tobacco industry, whose "dirty bombs" daily choke the breath from hundreds of millions worldwide, many of them women and children. One member of the highly profitable cabal producing these incendiary devices is Phillip Morris (now Altria), the world's largest multinational tobacco company, with $10 billion in sales in 2002 and a net worth almost double the prewar gross domestic product of Iraq.[1]

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