90 Percent of Tobacco is GMO: Hey, is That Pesticide You’re Smoking?

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Are you still smoking cigarettes or cigars or using chew? You have probably already heard all the bad things that smoking is doing to your body but here is one you probably haven’t heard of yet. About 90 percent of all tobacco is GMO. This means you are smoking pesticides and herbicides all day long. If you have wondered why you are getting those hangover like symptoms when you go too long without a smoke, it’s withdrawal from the chemicals that’s causing those symptoms, not withdrawal from tobacco itself. The true driving force behind your cigarette addiction is the 4,000 or so chemicals that your smokes are filled with.

Scientists in labs are injecting or infusing the genes of bacteria from other living things into the seeds of the tobacco plant you are smoking. GMO tobacco has “built in” pesticides and herbicides, built right into the DNA of the plant. On top of that, farmers then spray even more pesticides (such as RoundUp) onto the plant that are only adding to your chemical woes. In fact, these insect and weed killers become mixed with the bacteria in your brain, heart, and lungs, which only compound your inability to quit this killer habit. Read more about 5 reasons why RoundUp should be banned forever.

The reason the tobacco industry created these GMO plants is to kill horn worms and bud worms. It’s that simple. Those bugs eat the plants and cut into their profits. The main goal of the tobacco industry is to make more money by using this biotech type of engineering. Of course this comes at the cost of human health. Big tobacco doesn’t give a damn about you; they just want to make more money.

The truth is that it’s perfectly legal to slowly kill people by making and selling carcinogens, even if customers are aware of the risk. Now although you might know the risk of smoking regular old tobacco, no one really knows the risk of smoking GM tobacco, because no one yet knows the extent or the depth of that risk because there have been no tests done. YOU, my friend, are the guinea pig in this experiment.

The tobacco budworm is a devastating insect because the female lays her eggs in the bug of the tobacco plant. This makes it almost impossible to kill the larvae, which are feeding on the bud, because pesticides can’t reach them. Adult insects are now extremely resistant to most modern day insecticides anyway. This was the point of making these GM plants, to attempt to kill the worm from the inside out. This translates into leaky gut syndrome and irritable bowel syndrome for humans who ingest this. This means the destruction of your lungs and your digestive system. This means bladder cancer and prostate cancer. This means birth defects for children. All of these serious health risks come from GM food and tobacco.

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Oh, if you get cancer you’ll just have surgery and do chemo? Do you know what chemo is, friends? Chemo is nothing more than more toxic chemicals for a disease that was chemically driven to begin with. Read more about dangers of chemo.

Some insects, such as aphids, not only suck the juices from plants, they also poop out a type of honeydew, which encourages the growth of fungus. This is why biotech companies develop fungicides, sprays that kill fungi. Unfortunately, those chemicals also kill the good bacteria, enzymes, and proteins in your stomach and intestines.

Farmers could use natural means to kill these bugs, such as diatomaceous earth, but they instead choose to spray plants with pesticides and herbicides that humans will be smoking or chewing. If you have ever used pesticides or herbicides on your own lawn or plants at home, you probably took great precautions to insure that you didn’t touch the poison and that you didn’t inhale it, but that is exactly what you are doing with every single puff; inhaling and touching poisons.

Researchers in Golden, Colorado at the Colorado School of Mines have recently identified three pesticides that were not found in previous studies in the smoke from cigarettes.

  • Flumetralin: A known carcinogen that is toxic to human beings. It’s banned in Europe but America seems to think it’s OK for you.
  • Trifluralin: This is a hormone disruptor, especially of the thyroid. It affects the glands and hormones in terrible ways that translates into breast and prostate cancer.
  • Pendimethalin: Another hormone disruptor, which is also a well-known carcinogen and is toxic to human beings.

All of these are approved by the EPA. Why would they approve things like this? The EPA states that they have no information for long term low level inhalation exposure reports. It appears that all the humans that are dying from cancer aren’t proof enough for the EPA.

 

SEE ALSO: Which is the Most Deadly: GMO’s, Cigarettes, or Diet Soda?

 

It’s pretty common knowledge that the tobacco industry tried to cover up the facts that smoking was deadly. Then they tried to cover up the fact that even second hand smoke is deadly. Perhaps the most disgusting fact was the industries attempts to pay independent doctors and scientists to repeat industry talking points and tell the world that cigarettes and their smoke was not harmful to your health.

They are doing it again, folks. Big Agra and tobacco companies are covering up and hiding the facts that their GM tobacco plants are even more deadly than the original, organic plant.

To top it all off, as you already know, cigarettes ruin your health. Nicotine is lowering your libido, lightening your wallet, and killing you slowly. Escape this GMO nightmare! Don’t willingly smoke cancer, eat cancer, or drink cancer. You’re not a bug that Monsanto can squash at will. You are a human being with a mind of your own. Just say NO.

Sources:

Ipm.ncsu.edu

Huffingtonpost.com

Ipm.ncsu.edu

Quitsmoking.about.com