Freon In Cigarettes And The
Fluoride Breakdown Connection
From Jim Phelps <>
Hello Jeff,
Since we got into some of the freon decomposition effects with temperature or radiation, which means it is not inert, you might like to take note of its use in cigarettes. The article below is from USA Today last year. Thought you or your audience might find it interesting to apply to the fluorides exposure revelations list.
This is one of the applications where the residual freon in the cigarettes can be converted with heat/temperature into its toxic breakdown products, reactive Fluoride and Chlorine compounds, that are directed inhaled into the lungs of unsuspecting smokers never warned of the poison effect. This effect likely did extreme damage to the lung health and immune resistance of persons smoking these type cigarettes.
Similar things happened with freon used as the blowing agent for styrofoams, which were used all around. Lots ended up burned in incinerators, some burned by kids playing with fire. Styrofoam companies have been forced to stop using the freon for that application as well.
One last thing that few folks realize is that the largest user of freon in the US were the Oak Ridge gas diffsusion plants, which used train car loads of it to cool the thousands of stages of the diffusion process...which used more electric power than in consumed by NY city.
In the upper atmosphere, the ionization tends to cause concentrations of the freon products at the south pole, because of the magnetic fields, and freon being ionized into Fluoride and Chlorine atoms. The opposite effect is the electron showers that make the northern lights.
And the saga of only half the facts presented continue in the press, but you're making a difference in allowing more of these stories to find the light.
Witness: R. J. Reynolds Used Freon In Cigarettes For 23 Years 9-13-00
ST. PAUL, Minn. - R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. used Freon to puff up tobacco in cigarettes for 23 years, a company scientist testified Wednesday.
Freon has been linked to the destruction of the ozone layer. R.J. Reynolds used it to expand the tobacco when heated - similar to popping popcorn - so less would be needed to fill a cigarette and less tar would be produced when the cigarette was smoked, David Townsend said in Minnesota's tobacco trial.
He said Freon was used from 1970 until 1993 in production of low-tar cigarettes even though a scientist for another cigarette maker recommended in 1984 that its use be phased out "as quickly as practicable."
S.R. Evelyn of British-American Tobacco Co. Ltd. cited animal and human inhalation studies in which short-term exposure to Freon caused irregular heartbeat and abnormally low blood pressure.
When questioned about the Evelyn report, Townsend maintained that Freon had not been a problem in cigarettes.
"I do know they found no problem at the levels of Freon that were present in tobacco," said Townsend, vice president of product development and assessment for R.J. Reynolds, the nation's No. 2 tobacco company.
Under a 1987 treaty, production of Freon - a trade name for chlorofluorocarbons - will be phased out globally by 2010. Freon is used as a coolant in air conditioning and refrigeration systems and as an aerosol propellant.
R.J. Reynolds decided in 1988 to stop using Freon in cigarettes and began intensive research on alternatives, Townsend said. The company shut down its plant that used Freon in 1993.
Minnesota attorneys asked if Reynolds scientists had been concerned that Freon, in decomposition, might produce phosgene, a nerve gas used in World War I.
"Not only did we evaluate the chemistry intensively and look for phosgene intensely, we collected (the research) and provided it to many people, including competitors," Townsend said.
The state and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota accuse the tobacco industry of researching issues of smoking and health but lying to the public about the dangers while manipulating nicotine to keep smokers hooked.
They are seeking $1.77 billion they say they have spent treating smoking-related illnesses, plus punitive damages.

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