Fwd: Still Smoking? “Polonium 210 – It’s Everywhere?” Greg Sams


Richard Moore

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From: jeff wefferson <>
Date: August 28, 2008 11:14:46 AM GMT+01:00
Subject: Still Smoking?  “Polonium 210 – It’s Everywhere?”  Greg Sams
NOTE FROM JEFF:  Greg Sams is a psychedelic activist, author, and synthaissance-mind, and a great mate.  Here’s a piece he wrote recently (I believe it was printed in a London newspaper) about what is probably the worst of the worst re:  cigarette smoke.  For pure lethal toxicity, forget your formaldehyde and your carbon monoxide…those are practically nutrients compared to Polonium 210…IT’S EVERYWHERE!

From: Gregory Sams  •••@••.•••
Date: Tue, 05 Dec 2006

Subject: Polonium 210- it’s everywhere
Dear Sir,
In today¹s main story on airborne radiation, you again refer to polonium-210
as a rare isotope. Unfortunately it is not rare at all, and is even available
at a discount from most international airports. Whilst it appears as though
the death of a Russian spy has alerted us to an exotic new poison,
Polonium-210 is already killing tens of thousands of Britons annually.
In 1990, the American Surgeon General, C. Everett Coop, declared on national
TV that radioactivity, not nicotine or tar, accounts for at least 90% of all
smoking-related lung cancers. Yes, cigarettes are lightly radioactive. Tobacco
itself is particularly good at absorbing radioactive elements from the air and
soil, but the majority of its radioactivity arises from the fertilizer used in
tobacco growing, based on rock-mineral apatite. This mineral contains radon,
which decays to deposit deadly polonium-210 in the fine hairs of tobacco
leaves. This then embeds in smokers¹ lungs, beaming out alpha radiation for
Increasing usage of these radon-rich fertilizers, from 1940, is thought to
account for an 18-fold increase in the per capita incidence of lung cancers in
the USA between 1930 and 1980. During the same period smoking had gone down by
20% but the levels of polonium-210 in tobacco leaves tripled. It was estimated
in 1982 (New England Journal of Medicine) that a 30-cigarette per day smoker
will accumulate radiation in their lungs that is equivalent to 300 chest
x-rays per year.
Of 33,000 UK deaths per annum from lung cancer, 90% would equate to 30,000
caused by radiation. Whilst the death of Alexander Litvinenko fixates us, it
is sobering to realize that some 575 Britons die every week as a result of
gradually ingesting the same substance that poisoned him.
We can appreciate that it is neither in the interests of the government nor
the tobacco industry to publicize the radiation situation, which they jointly
brought about. Nor do anti-smoking campaigners wish to give attention to
confusing data which might show that smoking is not, of itself, the killer.
They are well aware of the situation, and their reluctance to do anything
about it is nothing short of criminal.
Perhaps we could benefit from the polonium-210 publicity bonanza by
recognizing it as the unnecessary toxin in a common drug. However socially
undesirable is the smoking of tobacco, it need not lead to the suffering and
tragic death by lung cancer of so many users.
Whilst we must all be saddened by the tragic loss of one Russian spy, his end
will have been for the greater good if, through raising this issue, the lives
of millions of future smokers may be saved.
Gregory Sams (ex-smoking for three years now)
You can verify any of the information above by simply Googling Polonium 210
tobacco. References to the data are all included at


It’s apatite, the fertilizer


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