The Polonium Brief: A Hidden History of Cancer, Radiation, and the Tobacco Industry

@article{Rego2009ThePB,
  title={The Polonium Brief: A Hidden History of Cancer, Radiation, and the Tobacco Industry},
  author={Brianna L. Rego},
  journal={Isis},
  year={2009},
  volume={100},
  pages={453 - 484}
}
The first scientific paper on polonium‐210 in tobacco was published in 1964, and in the following decades there would be more research linking radioisotopes in cigarettes with lung cancer in smokers. While external scientists worked to determine whether polonium could be a cause of lung cancer, industry scientists silently pursued similar work with the goal of protecting business interests should the polonium problem ever become public. Despite forty years of research suggesting that polonium… 
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