According to an ABC news report polonium-210 is in tobacco. The tobacco companies could remove this substance by "acid washing" the tobacco leaves but have chosen not to.

A spokesperson for Phillip Morris, David Sutton said that "Polonium 210 is a naturally occurring element found in the air, soil, and water and therefore can be found in plants, including tobacco".

The tobacco companies should remove this from tobacco, however, if it is in the soil, air and water what is the government doing about it?

If it is in the soil, air and water then everything we eat or breath contains polonium-210. Our government did a lot of nuclear testing in Nevada as did Russian’s in the middle of the 20th century. Has our immune system developed a way of protecting itself? What level are we all exposed to on a daily basis by breathing the air, drinking water and eating fruits and vegetables?



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