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Where there's smoke....

Where There's Smoke...

In 1979, 551,000 Americans died of coronary heart disease and 403,000 died of cancer. Last year heart disease killed 498,000 and cancer 496,000. In other words: Cancer is about to overtake heart disease as our number-one killer.

Yet the death rate from most cancers is stable or declining. So what gives? Lung cancer, that's what. Its rates are increasing.

Meanwhile, cigarette manufacturers are using their billions in profits to sanitize their image. They're everywhere--sponsoring art exhibits, defending the Bill of Rights...and selling food.

Everybody knows that Philip Morris makes Marlboro. But did you know that it also makes Maxwell House coffee? Or Breyer's ice cream? Or Kraft cheese?

R.J. Reynolds made Winston and Camel before it gobbled up Nabisco. Now it also makes Planters nuts and Grey Poupon mustard.

Philip Morris and RJR Nabisco would like you to believe that diversification will help wean them away from making cigarettes. Wrong. Cigarettes are just too profitable. Tobacco accounts for just forty percent of Philip Morris' net sales, but two-thirds of its profits.

Here's a list of the major foods that are produced by subsidiaries of Philip Morris (PM) and RJR Nabisco (RJR).

ALCOHOL

Lowenbrau (PM) Meister Brau (PM) Miller, Miller Lite (PM) Milwaukee's Best (PM)

BEVERAGES

Country Time (PM) Crystal Light (PM) Kool-Aid (PM) Tang (PM)

BREADS & BREADINGS

Lender's frozen bagels (PM) Orowheat (PM) Shake 'n Bake breading (PM)

CANDY & SNACKS

Bonkers! (RJR) BreathSavers (RJR) Bubble Yum bubble gum (RJR) Care*free sugarless gum (RJR) Chuckles (RJR) Fruit Striped gum & Fruit Juicers (RJR) Life Savers (RJR) Mister Salty pretzels (RJR) Nabisco cookies & crackers (RJR) Pearson's candies (RJR) Planters nuts (RJR)

CANNED AND PACKAGED MEALS

Impromptu shelf-stable meals (PM) Lunchables (PM) Ortega Mexican foods (RJR) Ronzoni Italian entrees (PM) Zappetites microwave snacks (PM)

CEREALS

Shredded Wheat & all other Nabisco cereals (RJR) Grape-Nuts & all other Post cereals (PM)

CHEESES

Cheez Whiz (PM) Cracker Barrel (PM) Dairylea (PM) Easy Cheese (RJR) Kraft (PM) Light N' Lively (PM) Philadelphia Brand (PM) Polly-O (PM) Velveeta (PM)

COFFEE

Brim (PM) Gen. Foods Int'l Coffees (PM) Gebalia (PM) HAG (PM) Maxim (PM) Maxwell House (PM) Sanka (PM) Yuban (PM)

CONDIMENTS

A.1. Steak Sauce (RJR) Brer Rabbit syrup & molasses (RJR) Claussen pickles (PM) Good Seasons salad dressing (PM) Grey Poupon mustard (RJR) Log Cabin syrups (PM) Miracle Whip (PM) Regina wine vinegars (RJR) Seven Seas salad dressing (PM) Vermont Maid syrup (RJR) Wright's liquid smoke (RJR)

DESSERTS & SWEETS

Baker's chocolate & cocoa (PM) Breyer's ice cream (PM) D-Zerta gelatin & pudding (PM) Entenmann's cakes & pastries (PM) Frusen Gladje ice cream (PM) Jell-O (PM) Knudsen dairy products (PM) Light N' Lively ice milk (PM) My*T*Fine puddings & pie fillings (RJR) Royal pudding & gelatin (RJR) Sealtest ice cream products (PM) Toblerone chocolates (PM)

FAST FOOD

Hardee's (Imasco (*1))

FROZEN FOODS

Birds Eye (PM) Budget Gourmet (PM) Jell-O frozen pops (PM) Tombstone frozen pizza (PM)

LUNCHEON MEATS

Louis Rich (PM) Oscar Mayer (PM)

MISCELLANEOUS

Calumet baking powder (PM) College Inn broths (RJR) Davis baking powder (RJR) Milk-Bone dog biscuits (RJR) Ronzoni pasta (PM)

SEAFOOD

Louis Kemp seafood products (PM)

SIDE DISHEs

Minute Rice (PM) Stove Top stuffing (PM)

SPREADS & DAIRY PRODUCTS

Blue Bonnet margarine (RJR) Breakstone's butter & cottage cheese (PM) Breyer's yogurt (PM) Fleischmann's margarine & Egg Beaters (RJR) Light N' Lively cottage cheese & yogurt (PM)

TOPPINGS

Cool Whip (PM) Dream Whip (PM)

(*1) B.A.T. Industries makes Viceroy and Kool. It also owns 40% of Imasco Ltd., which owns Hardee's.
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Title Annotation:list of products made by tobacco companies & their subsidiaries
Author:Jones, Lorraine
Publication:Nutrition Action Healthletter
Date:Nov 1, 1990
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