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IQOS claims an @ 95% reduction in “toxicants” for their new vaporizing device, compared with smoking cigarettes. The claim is that “bake ‘n vape” doesn’t expose users to all the nasty stuff in smoke. I call murderous bullshit.

What if it isn’t the smoke, or the vapor from Tobacco that’s killing people? What if it isn’t Tobacco at all? What if it’s the insanely toxic pesticide contaminants on the Tobacco?

If you look closely at the data below you may agree with me that without those contaminants, smoking or vaping Tobacco might be unhealthy, and still might be seen as a nasty habit by many, but it wouldn’t be lethal and it wouldn’t cost taxpayers billions while enriching the industry to the point where it can buy politicians, regulators, physicians and scientists worldwide to shield itself from accountability.

The IQOS claim of “reduced hard” is deceptive in the extreme because the industry-approved list of nasty stuff, or “toxicants” that are measured when comparing vapor to smoke, deliberately or ‘accidentally’ avoids including an entire set of highly dangerous biologically active components of both tobacco vapor and tobacco smoke – pesticide residues on the tobacco that wind up in the lungs of both smokers and vapers.

Pesticide residues are the Tobacco industry’s dirty secret. Tobacco has been causing widespread sickness and death since the “Green Revolution” gave the industry these xenobiotic chemicals that vastly increase profit by controlling insects and fungus on the crop, and the Tobacco industry has managed to keep this deadly secret under wraps. 

Even before pesticides Tobacco was the most heavily contaminated consumable product in the world because of all the “natural” toxins like heavy metals and plant/mineral poisons used to combat insects and fungus. Smokers have been dying horrible deaths since right after Europeans “discovered” Tobacco and then it became the economic foundation of much of the American colonies, but not in the numbers of the past 50 years since pesticides came along. The Tobacco being smoked by most of the world for the hundreds of years since “discovery” was so heavily contaminated with poisons used to control bugs and mold that of course it was dangerous to smoke. There was no such thing as Tobacco without deadly poisons, but those poisons were never included any research into Tobacco-related disease. So the bottom line is that no European or American physician or scientist has ever tested or seen the results of people using uncontaminated Tobacco, but oddly enough none of these scientists or doctors have ever questioned whether it was the Tobacco, or its toxic contaminants that was killing people.

If water was contaminated with pesticides, scientists wouldn’t conclude that drinking water was bad. Yet it is an article of faith that Tobacco is bad. Full stop. End of story. No need to look further. 

The only possible explanation for the almost universal ignorance of Tobacco contamination and the insane idea that Tobacco itself is so bad that it doesn’t matter what it is contaminated with is that we’re seeing the results of a very expensive, very effective industry disinformation and mind control campaign.

To determine whether or not Tobacco itself is causing all this disease you really have to look back at a civilization that used Tobacco for thousands of years with zero health issues – the Native Americans. No pesticides – no “Tobacco” illness. Of course these days Native Americans are dying just as fast as other smokers, but that isn’t because they’re smoking Tobacco – it’s because they are smoking the White Man’s Tobacco. Indians even get to buy it tax-free, so they can start younger and smoke more! I’m just astounded that Native American elders can’t see what’s happening and use their legal powers to put a stop to this genocide.

The fact is that is is not the Tobacco that is killing people – it’s the pesticides, and it has been for the last 50 years. Now with IQOS the industry is trying to pivot away from smoking and distract scientists, regulators and the public long enough that they can get some distance from the civil and criminal liability that they will face if legislators and regulators can get their act together in time.

One HUGE and counter-intuitive problem with the IQOS claim of reduced harm compared with smoking is that “ordinary smokers” actually inhale less pesticide residue than IQOS vapers, who get the whole load of whatever pesticides are contaminating the tobacco they are vaporizing. If anything, smoking is safer than vaping tobacco if you consider take pesticide residue exposure into full account.

Since there is substantial evidence that it may have been more the pesticides than the tobacco itself that has been killing smokers all along, I think it’s reasonable to ask IQOS to include pesticide residue testing in its claims of ‘reduced risk’, don’t you?

This section is dedicated to revealing the deliberate and carefully crafted deceptions that prevent the tobacco industry from being called to full accountability for its cruel exploitation of human weakness.


Part One: Vaporized Pesticides, Public Health & IQOS

Below is a list of the pesticide residues that the tobacco industry’s own science labs know are contaminating the global tobacco supply. At least some of these pesticide residues will be present on every tobacco product. Every tobacco product at the supermarket checkout counter is highly likely to be contaminated with at least some of the pesticides on the following list.

If IQOS is allowed in the US, every cartridge of IQOS tobacco at your supermarket will very likely contaminated unless for some reason Philip Morris International is using organic Tobacco. Could that be what “I Quit Ordinary Smoking” means? No pesticides? Fantastic. No? IQOS isn’t organic Tobacco? Now that would be a real shame because IQOS vapers are going to get the full load of whatever pesticides are there all nicely heated and aerosolized and ready for total absorption.

Which is really criminal, because those pesticides aren’t there because they have to be. They don’t simply ‘occur’ as a natural part of the process. They are only there because manufacturers like PMI decide that there is more profit in having their contract growers use pesticides than in paying them to grow Tobacco organically – which they can do.

The tobacco industry knows how to make profitable organic tobacco products when it wants to and they’ve proved it, so the only reason to use pesticides is because doing so means more profits. It’s simple, and clear. These people aren’t deliberately killing millions of smokers and now vapers. It’s just that they aren’t required to stop using these chemicals, and they have managed to rig the system so their products aren’t subject to normal consumer protection laws, so why not make as much money as possible?

The reason that there’s no public health alarm has to be because the extent of the problem is carefully disguised, right? If it were known, health officials all over the country would be showing up with warrants at the local distributors and minimarts to seize Tobacco products and ship them off to a lab. Right? That would happen, if people knew. Right?

Except – here it is. These pesticide residues are in the world Tobacco supply, which means that at least some of them are highly likely to be in any commercial tobacco product being sold anywhere in the US and worldwide.

This list is current as of 6/18.  

Table 1.   CPA Guidance Residue Levels

No. CPA GRL

(ppm)

Residue definition Notes
1 2,4,5-T 0.05 2,4,5-T
2 2,4-D 0.2 2,4-D
3 Acephate 0.1 Acephate
4 Acetamiprid 3 Acetamiprid
5 Acibenzolar-S-methyl 5 Acibenzolar-S-methyl
6 Alachlor 0.1 Alachlor
 

7

 

Aldicarb (S)

 

0.5

sum of Aldicarb, Aldicarb sulfoxide and Aldicarb sulfone, expressed as Aldicarb
8 Aldrin + Dieldrin 0.02 Aldrin + Dieldrin
9 Azinphos-ethyl 0.1 Azinphos-ethyl
10 Azinphos-methyl 0.3 Azinphos-methyl
11 Benalaxyl 2 Benalaxyl
12 Benfluralin 0.06 Benfluralin
 

13

 

Benomyl (a)

sum of Benomyl, Carbendazim, and Thiophanate-methyl expressed as Carbendazim  

see Carbendazim

14 Bifenthrin 3 Bifenthrin
15 Bromophos 0.04 Bromophos
16 Butralin 5 Butralin
17 Camphechlor (S) (Toxaphene) 0.3 Camphechlor (mixture of chlorinated camphenes)
18 Captan 0.7 Captan
19 Carbaryl 0.5 Carbaryl
 

20

 

Carbendazim (a)

 

2

sum of Benomyl, Carbendazim, and Thiophanate-methyl expressed as Carbendazim
 

21

 

Carbofuran (S)

 

0.5

sum of Carbofuran and 3- Hydroxycarbofuran expressed as Carbofuran
22 Chinomethionat 0.1 Chinomethionat
23 Chlorantraniliprole 10 Chlorantraniliprole
24 Chlordane (S) 0.1 sum of cis-Chlordane and trans- Chlordane
25 Chlorfenvinphos (S) 0.04 sum of (E)-Chlorfenvinphos and (Z)-Chlorfenvinphos

 

No. CPA GRL

(ppm)

Residue definition Notes
26 Chlorothalonil 1 Chlorothalonil
27 Chlorpyrifos 0.5 Chlorpyrifos
28 Chlorpyrifos-methyl 0.2 Chlorpyrifos-methyl
29 Chlorthal-dimethyl 0.5 Chlorthal-dimethyl
30 Clomazone 0.2 Clomazone
31 Cyfluthrin (S) 2 Cyfluthrin (sum of all isomers)
32 Cyhalothrin (S) 0.5 Cyhalothrin (sum of all isomers)
33 Cymoxanil 0.1 Cymoxanil
34 Cypermethrin (S) 1 Cypermethrin (sum of all isomers)
 

35

 

DDT (S)

 

0.2

sum of o,p’- and p,p’-DDT, o,p’-

and p,p’-DDD (TDE), o,p’- and p,p’-DDE expressed as DDT

 

36

 

Deltamethrin (b)

 

1

sum of Deltamethrin and Tralomethrin expressed as Deltamethrin
 

 

37

 

 

Demeton-S-methyl (S)

 

 

0.1

sum of Demeton-S-methyl, Oxydemeton-methyl (Demeton-S- methyl sulfoxide) and Demeton-S- methyl sulfone expressed as Demeton-S-methyl
38 Diazinon 0.1 Diazinon
39 Dicamba 0.2 Dicamba
 

40

 

Dichlorvos (c)

 

0.1

sum of Dichlorvos, Naled and Trichlorfon expressed as Dichlorvos
41 Dicloran 0.1 Dicloran
42 Diflubenzuron 0.1 Diflubenzuron
 

43

 

Dimethoate (d)

 

0.5

sum of Dimethoate and Omethoate expressed as Dimethoate
44 Dimethomorph (S) 2 sum of (E)-Dimethomorph and (Z)-Dimethomorph
 

45

 

Disulfoton (S)

 

0.1

sum of Disulfoton, Disulfoton sulfoxide, and Disulfoton sulfone expressed as Disulfoton
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

46

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dithiocarbamates (as CS2) (e)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dithiocarbamates expressed as CS2

In countries where fungal diseases such as blue mould are a persistent problem in the field throughout the growing season, the use of dithio- carbamates (DTC) fungicides may be an essential part of the season-long disease management strategy and in keeping with GAP as a means of ensuring crop quality and economic viability for the producer. Under high disease pressure residues of dithio- carbamates (DTC) fungicides slightly in excess of the specified GRL may be observed.   In countries where there is not a field fungal disease problem the use of fungicides is not necessary, and there should be no residues detected. Consistent with GAP, dithiocarbamates (DTC) fungicides must be used only according to label instructions to combat fungal diseases in the seedbed and in the field.

 

No. CPA GRL

(ppm)

Residue definition Notes
 

47

 

Endosulfans (S)

 

1

sum of alpha- and beta-isomers and Endosulfan-sulphate expressed as Endosulfan
48 Endrin 0.05 Endrin
49 Ethoprophos 0.1 Ethoprophos
50 Famoxadone 5 Famoxadone
 

51

 

Fenamiphos (S)

 

0.5

sum of Fenamiphos, Fenamiphos sulfoxide and Fenamiphos sulfone expressed as Fenamiphos
52 Fenitrothion 0.1 Fenitrothion
 

53

 

Fenthion (S)

 

0.1

sum of Fenthion, Fenthion sulfoxide and Fenthion sulfone expressed as Fenthion
54 Fenvalerate (S) 1 Fenvalerate (sum of all isomers including Esfenvalerate)
55 Fluazifop-butyl (S) 1 Fluazifop-butyl (sum of all isomers)
56 Flumetralin 5 Flumetralin
57 Fluopyram (g) 5 Fluopyram
58 Folpet 0.2 Folpet
59 HCH (a-, b-, d-) 0.05 HCH (a-, b-, d-)
60 HCH (g-) (Lindane) 0.05 HCH (g-) (Lindane)
 

61

 

Heptachlor (S)

 

0.02

sum of Heptachlor and two Heptachlor epoxides (cis- and trans-) expressed as Heptachlor
62 Hexachlorobenzene 0.02 Hexachlorobenzene
63 Imidacloprid 5 Imidacloprid
64 Indoxacarb (S) 15 Sum of S isomer + R isomer
 

65

 

Iprodione (S)

 

0.5

sum of Iprodione and N-3,5- dichlorophenyl-3-isopropyl-2,4- dioxoimidazolyzin-1-carboxamide expressed as Iprodione
66 Malathion 0.5 Malathion
 

 

 

 

 

67

 

 

 

 

 

Maleic hydrazide

 

 

 

 

 

80

 

 

 

 

Maleic hydrazide (free and bounded form)

In some instances, where GAP is implemented and label recom- mendations with regard to application rates and timing are strictly adhered to, residue levels may exceed the current GRL of 80 ppm as a result of extreme weather conditions and the current technology available for application. However, as with all CPAs, all efforts should be made to strictly follow label application rates, and use should be no more than necessary to achieve the desired effect.
68 Metalaxyl (S) 2 sum of all isomers including Metalaxyl-M / Mefenoxam
69 Methamidophos 1 Methamidophos
70 Methidathion 0.1 Methidathion
 

71

 

Methiocarb (S)

 

0.2

sum of Methiocarb, Methiocarb sulfoxide, and Methiocarb sulfone expressed as Methiocarb

 

No. CPA GRL

(ppm)

Residue definition Notes
 

72

 

Methomyl (f)

 

1

sum of Methomyl, Methomyl- oxime, and Thiodicarb expressed as Methomyl
73 Methoxychlor 0.05 Methoxychlor
74 Mevinphos (S) 0.04 Mevinphos (sum E and Z isomers)
75 Mirex 0.08 Mirex
76 Monocrotophos 0.3 Monocrotophos
 

77

 

Naled (c)

sum of Dichlorvos, Naled, and Trichlorfon expressed as Dichlorvos  

see Dichlorvos

78 Nitrofen 0.02 Nitrofen
79 Omethoate (d) sum of Dimethoate and Omethoate expressed as Dimethoate see Dimethoate
80 Oxadixyl 0.1 Oxadixyl
81 Oxamyl 0.5 Oxamyl
82 Parathion (-ethyl) 0.06 Parathion
83 Parathion-methyl 0.1 Parathion-methyl
84 Pebulate 0.5 Pebulate
85 Penconazole 1 Penconazole
86 Pendimethalin 5 Pendimethalin
87 Permethrin (S) 0.5 Permethrin (sum of all isomers)
88 Phorate 0.05 Phorate
89 Phosalone 0.1 Phosalone
90 Phosphamidon (S) 0.05 Phosphamidon (sum of E and Z isomers)
91 Phoxim 0.5 Phoxim
92 Piperonyl butoxide 3 Piperonyl butoxide
93 Pirimicarb 0.5 Pirimicarb
94 Pirimiphos-methyl 0.1 Pirimiphos-methyl
95 Profenofos 0.1 Profenofos
96 Propoxur 0.1 Propoxur
97 Pymetrozine 1 Pymetrozine
 

98

 

Pyrethrins (S)

 

0.5

sum of Pyrethrins 1, Pyrethrins 2,

Cinerins 1, Cinerins 2, Jasmolins 1

and Jasmolins 2

99 Tefluthrin 0.1 Tefluthrin
 

100

 

Terbufos (S)

 

0.05

sum of Terbufos, Terbufos sulfoxide and Terbufos sulfone expressed as Terbufos
101 Thiamethoxam 5 Thiamethoxam
 

102

 

Thiodicarb (f)

sum of Methomyl, Methomyl- oxime, and Thiodicarb expressed as Methomyl  

see Methomyl

103 Thionazin 0.04 Thionazin
 

104

 

Thiophanate-methyl (a)

sum of Benomyl, Carbendazim, and Thiophanate-methyl expressed as Carbendazim  

see Carbendazim

 

No. CPA GRL

(ppm)

Residue definition Notes
 

105

 

Tralomethrin (b)

sum of Deltamethrin and Tralomethrin expressed as Deltamethrin  

see Deltamethrin

 

106

 

Trichlorfon (c)

sum of Dichlorvos, Naled, and Trichlorfon expressed as Dichlorvos  

see Dichlorvos

107 Trifluralin 0.1 Trifluralin

 

  • Carbendazim is the degradation product of Benomyl and Thiophanate-methyl. In the case the same sample contains residues of both Carbendazim and/or Benomyl/Thiophanate-methyl, the sum of the residues should not exceed 2
  • Deltamethrin is the degradation product of Tralomethrin. In the case the same sample contains residues of both Deltamethrin and Tralomethrin, the sum of the two residues should not exceed 1
  • Dichlorvos is the degradation product   of  Naled  and     In the case the same sample contains residues of both Dichlorvos and/or Naled/Trichlorfon, the sum of the residues should not exceed 0.1 ppm.
  • Omethoate is the degradation product of Dimethoate. In the case the same sample contains residues of both Dimethoate and Omethoate, the sum of the two residues should not exceed 0.5
  • The Dithiocarbamates Group includes the EBDCs: Mancozeb, Maneb, Metiram, Nabam and Zineb – as well as Amobam, Ferbam, Policarbamate, Propineb, Thiram and
  • Methomyl is the degradation product of Thiodicarb. In the case the same sample contains residues of both Methomyl and Thiodicarb, the sum of the two residues should not exceed 1
  • Fluopyram added to GRL list June 2016