Cigarette and Tobacco:
Questions - Answers
Excerpts from General Information Reference Manual
Consumer Information Center
Brown & Williamson Tobacco Corporation,
* "Do your cigarettes cause disease?"
The Surgeon General's office has expressed its position through warning notices on cigarette packs. Our view is that science has not established that smoking causes disease in humans.
Regular 'first aid' questions, e.g., "A STEM popped in my EYE. What should I do?" (STEM)
You might try some basic first aid, such as washing your eye out with clean water. But if you continue to be troubled, you might have a professional take a look at it for you.
Mild illness questions, .e.g., 'Your cigarettes made me SICK TO MY STOMACH. " (SICK/VOMIT)
There shouldn't be anything different about our cigarettes from any other cigarettes. If the symptoms continue, I might suggest you seek medical attention.
(If caller persists, say, "I can't advise you because I am not a medical professional.")
Major medical concerns, e.g.. "My child SWALLOWED A CIGARETTE. " (SICK/VOMIT)
Dial 911 and seek medical attention.
Pregnancy, e.g. "Does the Surgeon General's warning notice about pregnancy mean I shouldn't SMOKE DURING PREGNANCY?" (SURGEON GENERAL)
Decisions concerning smoking during pregnancy, like other questions you have about pregnancy, should be addressed to your doctor.
"Does your company spend money on cancer research?" Brown & Williamson contributes generously to tobacco industry funding for basic scientific research related to smoking and health, including cancer as well as other diseases. Over the years, the industry has contributed more than $200 million to independent scientists for such research.
If asked directly, you may confirm that we do not give to the American Heart Association, the American Cancer Society or the American Lung Association.