Smoking Facts

Real Quotes From Tobacco Companies

Quotes Found within tobacco papers

“It seems unlikely that we will be able to locate a toxicologist [ a scientist who studies poisons] who will give a 'clean' opinion to tobacco, even if (s)he agrees that ingredients pose no risk. The mot realistic hope is that we can get an opinion that tobacco is a 'risk factor.'” -1986 R.J. Reynolds (RJR) document

“This young adult market, the 14-to24 age group...represent(s) tomorrow's cigarette business.” - 1974 RJR memo.

“...comic strip type copy might get a much higher readership among younger people than any other type of copy.” - 1973 RJR memo.

“[T]he amount of evidence accumulated to indict [accuse] cigarette smoke as a health hazard is overwhelming. The evidence challenging such an indictment is scant.” - 1962 RJR memo

Cigarettes “cause or predispose, lung cancer...They contribute to certain cardiovascular disorders...They may well be truly causative in emphysema, etc., etc.” - 1963 internal memo from Addision Yeaman, executive president of Brown and Williamson, president of Council for Tobacco Research.

“Without nicotine...there would be no smoking...” - 1972 Philip Morris researcher

“We are, then, in the business of selling nicotine, an addictive drug...” - 1963 internal memo from Addison Yeaman, executive vice president of Brown and Williamson, president of Council for Tobacco Research.