- Internal tobacco industry documents show
that the tobacco companies manipulate the nicotine level in their products
to addict their customers, including children. The following quotes also
show that the industry intends tobacco products to "affect the structure
or any function of the body" - the criteria for FDA jurisdiction.
- "In a sense, the tobacco industry may be
thought of as being specialized, highly ritualized, and stylized segment
of the pharmaceutical industry. Tobacco products uniquely contain and deliver
nicotine, a potential drug with a variety of physiological effects."
- Memo written by RJR executive Claude Teague,
Jr., "RJR Confidential Research Planning Memorandum on the Nature
of Nicotine and the Crucial Role of Nicotine Therein," also quoted
in the New York Times, July 26, 1995.
- "We wonder whether such children [who display
hyperkinetic behavior] may not eventually become cigarette smokers in their
teenage years as they discover the advantage of self-stimulation via nicotine.
We have already collaborated with a local school system in identifying
some such children in the third grade."
- June 10, 1974 memo from Phillip Morris researcher
William Dunn reporting on a company-sponsored study.
- "We recognize that nicotine plays an important
role in smoking behavior for many people."
- RJR researchers J. Robinson and W. Pritchard,
"The Role of Nicotine in Tobacco Use," Psychopharmacology, Vol.
- "Without nicotine... there would be no smoking...
- Phillip Morris researcher William Dunn, "Motives
and Incentives in Cigarette Smoking," Summary from Center for Tobacco
Research Conference, 1972.
- "If nicotine is the "sine qua non"
of tobacco products, and tobacco produces are recognized as being the attractive
dosage forms of nicotine, then it is logical to design our product -- and
where possible our advertising -- around nicotine delivery rather than
around tar delivery or flavor."
- Memo from RJR executive, Claude Teague, Jr.,
"RJR Confidential Research Planning Memorandum on the Nature of Nicotine
and the Crucial Role of Nicotine Therein," also quoted in New York
Times, July 26, 1995.
- "Smoking is a habit of addiction."
- Sir Charles Ellis, BATCO science advisor,
1962 BATCO research and development conference.