Lorillard Tobacco Company used to hand out Newport cigarettes to black children in playgrounds.
Tobacco plants easily absorb radioactive particles, causing radioactive polonium settling down in the lungs directly. This can be avoided, but tobacco industry consider washing “too expensive”.
To get women to smoke cigarettes in the 1920s, tobacco companies devised a campaign of equating cigarettes as “torches of freedom.” The campaign helped women smoking jump from 5% in 1923 to 18.1% in 1935.
In 1994 the CEOs of the seven biggest tobacco firms testified before Congress that “nicotine was not addictive” despite overwhelming scientific evidence.
The fertilizer used by the tobacco industry is radioactive. The plant absorbs it and the smoker inhales it. It gets lodged in the lungs and over time contributes a huge radiation dose to the smoker and could be factor in lung cancer.
A “safer cigarette” (The XA Project) was developed in the 70s but tobacco companies pressured the inventor to bury it because it implied their cigarettes were unsafe.