Chemical & Engineering News: Business Concentrates - Eastman Enters Korean Acetate Tow Fiber Venture
According to C&EN (Jan. 5, 2009, p.13), "The acetate fiber is used to manufacture cigarette filters, a market with significant growth in Asia." Shame on Eastman Chemical for promoting, expanding and profiting from the increasing ill-health of people around the world. It is the least educated and already least healthy who will likely suffer most from Eastman's largesse.
It is hard to imagine that the company's founder, the amazing George Eastman, would support such an enterprise. From the Kodak web site: "Eastman was a stupendous factor in the education of the modern world," said an editorial in the New York Times following his death. "Of what he got in return for his great gifts to the human race he gave generously for their good; fostering music, endowing learning, supporting science in its researches and teaching, seeking to promote health and lessen human ills, helping the lowliest in their struggle toward the light, making his own city a center of the arts and glorifying his own country in the eyes of the world."