Keep smoking, we’ll just help you lower your nicotine

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They still insist nicotine is addictive. Dangerous, even. “They” claim more dangerous than heroin. That’s pretty drastic. Kind of scares me. Fine, dear reader, it doesn’t scare me. It scares the government enough, though, eh?


These are my questions, asked repeatedly over social media:

Is combustion reduced?

Will health benefits increase?

Are other ingredients be reduced?

Will this cause more casual smokers?

Can you define “minimally” or “non-addictive”?

Is this nothing more than prescribing smoking?

What is being added to tobacco to reduce nicotine?


I’d like to sit down with “they” for a few hours, have some coffee. Discuss a few finer points of life in general, chat a bit, and tell them now they’re trying to convince everyone it’s the nicotine.

No one would want the public confused, would they?

Public misperception that very low nicotine cigarettes are less carcinogenic

(Same from NCBI :Examining risk perceptions among daily smokers naïve to reduced nicotine content cigarettes.)


Of the “thousands” of chemicals, nicotine is the addictive ingredient?

There is no data or science worth reading showing nicotine addiction without tobacco and MAOI’s.


It isn’t like it hasn’t been tried before in 1989:

The ultra-low-nicotine cigarette is the latest entry in an increasingly feverish race among tobacco manufacturers to stop a decline of 2 percent a year in cigarette consumption in the United States.

Tobacco industry executives say the process of removing nicotine that Philip Morris used to create the Merit Free is similar to the decaffeination process used on coffee beans.

”It’s a pretty common, patented process that we’re all aware of,” said Douglas Keeney, chairman of C. A. Blockers.

 

Very Low Nicotine Cigarettes


What happened before?

In 2008, bold is my emphasis:

In summary, a toxicological analysis does not indicate that low-nicotine and nicotine-free Quest® cigarettes have less adverse toxicological effects in the laboratory than conventional cigarettes. This should draw the attention of the consumers and policy makers.

Toxicological Analysis of Low-Nicotine and Nicotine-Free Cigarettes


I say it’s NOT the nicotine. Stimulant, like coffee I’ll agree with. Drug? Fine.

Addictive? No. I’ve covered that here.

You know that doesn’t matter!

Update: Nicotine is not addictive.

They’re not listening to us. They have tobacco fields to tend to!

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Are there other chemicals that cause addiction in tobacco?
MAIO’s?

Are There Other Chemicals That May Contribute to Tobacco Addiction?


The FDA says – and non-committal as it sounds, that it does not “appear to have significant potential for abuse or dependence….. ” (addiction).

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So, to make my prediction, since the New England Journal of Medicine released this

Randomized Trial of Reduced-Nicotine Standards for Cigarettes

Aaaand – The National Institute on Drug Abuse released this:

New Study Shows Benefits of Reducing Nicotine in Cigarettes

(Took their time to create and then tweeted this state of the art graphic:)

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Briefly – they mention towards the end of their “official” story:

(This is where they perpetuate their lie) –>Nicotine is responsible for the addictiveness of tobacco, but it is not the ingredient that causes cancer and heart and pulmonary diseases.

Smoking still causes nearly half a million deaths each year in our country. Research now suggests that reducing the nicotine in cigarettes to a fraction of its current levels may be one way to lessen the health-destructive power of these products.


Now, with all that, the media – because they do love a good story, I predict that this:

New ‘low-nicotine’ cigarette could help smokers kick habit

“It is our hope, that because that this is such an intrinsic health concern that we will be able to get this approved in a swift and fast process,” Gellman said.

The company will be working toward FDA approval by the end of 2016……   Huh.

I hate math, but let us do it quickly, shall we? I have a prediction to make!

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Will lead to this:

Thank you, Jake Jacobson:

People will still smoke. People will try and use these, and someone in the professional health field will still say these are “safer”.

People will believe this is “safer”. Because they said so. Tobacco obviously isn’t the issue.

So, e-cigarettes are not safer? Huh.

Are. You. Stupid?

Added 9/7/17

Brad Rodu said this in 2010:

Down the Rabbit Hole: Tobacco Control Through Radical Nicotine Reduction

Here’s what Clive Bates has to say about

Reducing the nicotine content to make cigarettes less addictive


Update 5/25/16:

I’m a friggin’ mind reader.  Predictions come true…

They don’t mind the tobacco.

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22nd Century launches magic 0 very low nicotine cigarettes in France

Could the Worlds Most Effective Quit Smoking Aid be a Low Nicotine Cigarette US Public Health Officials Think So

“The U.S. Food and Drug Association (FDA) funded a landmark study that showed 22nd Century’s proprietary Very Low Nicotine cigarettes were “associated with reductions in smoking, nicotine exposure, and nicotine dependence, with minimal evidence of nicotine withdrawal, compensatory smoking, or serious adverse events.” See study here: Randomized Trial of Reduced-Nicotine Standards for Cigarettes.”


Updated 6/22/16:

The prediction is better than I though:

“…scientists with The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published a detailed characterization of the Company’s SPECTRUM® Variable Nicotine Research Cigarettes, calling 22nd Century’s proprietary cigarettes an “important tool in clinical studies for investigating…

“the independent study was conducted by a prestigious team of 18 senior CDC scientists”

22nd Century’s Proprietary SPECTRUM® Cigarettes Identified as Crucial Tool in Human Addiction Studies

Added 01/06/2017

FDA sends feedbacks to an MRTP application for Very-Low Nicotine Cigarettes

And added 05/02/17

I can’t believe my eyes.

Quote:

The company’s cigarettes are part of an estimated $20 million FDA initiative to determine “the best method to quit smoking: an immediate reduction in nicotine to non-addictive levels vs. a gradual reduction in nicotine.”

The FDA said Monday it has nothing to share concerning the 22nd Century statement.

That’s all here:

22nd Century gets FDA authorization for low-nicotine cigarette clinical trial

Added 6/10/17

 

22nd Century Produces Non-GMO Very Low Nicotine Tobacco



And they wonder why Vapers have contempt toward government and health officials over e-cigarettes


Remember, Simon says: Quit or die.

Speaking of BAT in the UK: Now there’s a “safer” e-cigarette – because “scientists” developed it, it must be true.

New ‘safer’ e-cigarette with all the flavor of tobacco but ‘less harmful smoke’ is developed by scientists



From 2007, FDA Director Dr. Andrew von Eschenbach had quite a bit to say:

“We could find ourselves in the conundrum of having made a decision about nicotine only to have made the public health radically worse. And that is not the position FDA is in; we approve products that enhance health, not destroy it,” said von Eschenbach, a urologic surgeon and oncologist who was confirmed as FDA commissioner in December.

Later in the article:

“In an hourlong interview with AP reporters and editors, von Eschenbach repeatedly said the FDA doesn’t need more regulatory authority. When asked if the FDA needed more money, he suggested the agency needs to look at “enhancing our efficiencies, maximizing our outputs for the dollar invested on part of the American people.”

Here’s that article

FDA Chief: Tobacco Rules Could Backfire

Added 02/10/17

Reduced nicotine content cigarettes and use of alternative nicotine products: exploratory trial


Added 03/05/17

22nd Century Group (XXII) X-22 Smoking Cessation Aid Granted FDA Guidance Meeting

Added 04/25/17

Reduced nicotine content cigarette advertising: How false beliefs and subjective ratings affect smoking behavior.

Prescribing Smoking:

Added 9/17

Um… they’re PRESCRIBING smoking.

X-22 is the first and only smoking cessation product in the form of a combustible cigarette.

X-22 is a six-week prescription treatment which utilizes Very Low Nicotine (VLN) cigarettes (95% less nicotine than conventional cigarettes) to satisfy a smoker’s craving for cigarettes while separating the act of smoking from the rapid delivery of nicotine.

X-22 Smoking Cessation Aid In Development

Bold and red are my emphasis disbelief.

Red Sun

This is its American brand sold in more than 600 stores. It is a high nicotine cigarette. It might seem counterintuitive, especially given the health benefits claimed by its very low nicotine cigarettes, but high nicotine cigarettes could have significant health benefits as well.

X-22 has certain advantages:

  • It’s a cigarette, people seem to prefer that

  • It has no side effects, apart from the harmful effects of cigarette smoke

  • It has been proved effective in six clinical trials

22nd Century’s Unique Cigarettes Create Growth Opportunities

This is coming.

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Are there other chemicals that cause addiction in tobacco?
MAIO’s?

Are There Other Chemicals That May Contribute to Tobacco Addiction?

Added 09/25/2017:

You still don’t believe this is happening? The U.S. Government invested $100+ million to keep people smoking.

Agencies of the U.S. federal government have invested more than $100 million:

22nd Century Now Free of Restrictive License Agreement with British American Tobacco


Selling snowballs to Eskimos.

Added 01/05/18

Bold and red are my emphasis disbelief.

The FDA together with other agencies of the U.S. government have invested over $100 million in several independent medical studies which have shown the health benefits of the company’s proprietary tobacco cigarettes.

Dr. Dorothy Hatsukami a principal investigator in the trial has publicly indicated that an immediate reduction in consumption of nicotine is “most likely to lead to less harm.

22nd Century Group Inc (NYSEAMERICAN:XXII) Ships 2.4 Million SPECTRUM® Cigarettes for the National Institute on Drug Abuse


Well, I could be wrong…

Added 1/23/2017

Smokin’ 22nd Century (XXII) Will Get Crushed


Added 01/31/2018

The crimes continue… press release is to settle investors minds, in my opinion.

Cancer Action Network, American Heart Association, American Lung Association, Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids and the Truth Initiative co-authored a letter to Dr. Gottlieb and the FDA

FDA Remains Firmly Committed to Nicotine Reduction in Cigarettes


Added 02/01/2018

Related via Carl V. Phillips

“There is no reason to believe that lowering the nicotine content of cigarettes will lower their carcinogenicity.”

Are Low-Nicotine Cigarettes Less Likely To Cause Cancer?


Added 02/02/2018

Investors are questioning integrity:

22nd Century – Cutting Through The Smoke And Hype – 75% Downside

Added 03/03/2018

Neal Benowitz himself said: (bold is my emphasis)

CONCLUSIONS

1. Smokers regulate their intake of nicotine to obtain the amount of nicotine that they need to sustain their addiction.

2. Spontaneous brand-switching studies suggest that there is no reduc­tion in smoke intake per cigarette, and that any reductions that are seen in brand switchers depend upon whether or not those individuals also reduce their cigarette consumption.

3. Studies of smokers smoking self-selected brands showed a weak rela­tionship between machine-measured nicotine yield and a smoker’s nicotine, CO, or thiocyanate exposure.

4. Considering the overall exposure data for individuals selecting their own brands, there is little reason to expect that smokers of low-yield ciga­rettes will have a lower risk of disease than those who smoke higher yield cigarettes.

That’s all here in

“Compensatory Smoking of Low Yield Cigarettes”


Added 03/05/2018

Paul also covered this here:

Harm Reduction, Removing the Least Harmful Component


Added 6/21//2018

22nd Century isn’t the “only” one:

Radient Technologies Inc. Files FDA Submission for Reducing Nicotine in Tobacco


Added 7/12/18

From Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller:

Tobacco Product Standard for Nicotine Level of Combusted Cigarettes

Added 7/30/2018:

Minimally or “non-addictive” nicotine

Let me remind you of the accolades of lower nicotine:

Cliff Douglass of the American Cancer Society –  thinks lower nicotine in cigarettes is “Absolutely everything

NCI Director Ned Sharpless says “…good news for treating cancer and preventing cancer

FDA’s Scott Gottlieb claims “Lower nicotine in the same product

Matt Myers of Tobacco-Free Kids says “…to use products that won’t kill them

Basing “minimally or non-addictive” levels of nicotine by lowering cigarette consumption by 1.6 less cigarettes… over two years… is a public health win?  Here’s what they came up with after two years:

238 “non-daily” smokers… what?

👉over the course of two years...

lowered their smoking by 1.6 cigarettes…

“real-time reporting” and “cigarette butt counts.”

No – to slow progress… is this is what the Food and Drug Administration likes?

One of my favorite subjects – covered here and here

This headline calls it “staggering“.

You can check my math here:

Nondaily Smokers’ Changes in Cigarette Consumption With Very Low-Nicotine-Content Cigarettes

Added 8/09/18:

From a twitter exchange:

Project 2: Strategies for Reducing Nicotine Content in Cigarettes

 


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37 thoughts on “Keep smoking, we’ll just help you lower your nicotine”

  1. This is such TOTAL bullshit – nicotine is probably the LEAST harmful & addictive chemical in cigarettes! The MAOIs are FAR more addictive — I’ve reduced from 10mg to 3mg over about 9 months and barely even noticed, but it took 15 very difficult months to wean off WTA – without which, I couldn’t have quit smoking at all. Low- or No-nicotine cigarettes are ALL the danger & addictiveness of cigarettes – because of those MAOIs – because I’m quite sure the STUPID deeming regs will mean the end of WTA.

    1. Nicotine has been the Greatest Farce Ever at first when Big T needed to find a way to make Smoking Addictive to see more Life Time Customers until called out before US Senate Sub Committee hearings 7 CEOs had to attend and account for Tall Tales, Big Lies and then media only coming out with Big T called out for “SPIKING NICOTINE LEVELS” When in fact the tobacco companies Developed Chemical Stews to introduce those scores of chemical elements that were intended to Enhance the Endorphin effect also seen with Caffeine as well as Nicotine! The strongest hold besides Hand to Mouth Repetition is the Experience and often Sensation and flavoring!

      For me a severe Allergy Sufferer it was never about nicotine besides the days when you could light up in Disco clubs along with the Michelob or Heinenkein beer sitting next to you and that was the common place repore?! That Menthol which Relieved the constant runny nose and sneezing especially during Dandelion breakout in June as well as Dust and Molds and some other less reactive elements eventually that 3 pack a day or should I say Night Shift 6 days a week with Long breaks over 35+yrs was to see me eventually to just under a half pack a day while still looking to find out about what? Having come across the terms “Smokeless” and “Electronic” cigarettes back in about 2003-04 I wanted to learn more for times when I was around NON SMOKERS but still had an allergy attack and not wanting to waste money on Seldane that cost twice as much even more when able to get cartons of smoke back then at Wholesale Clubs! Cheaper then your gas station or convenience stores for sure! It was when Someone else a 4 a day smoker was quitting in late 2012 I finally ran into the conversation on how to go about finding those first Ecigs! and within Months not only were the Smokie Stench Bombs Gone For Good But the nicotine level was dropped from 22mg to 0% without ANY WITHDRAWAL SYMPTOMS!!!

      In other words that “Spiking of Nicotine Levels” Hogwash broadcast by media was picked up by BIG PHARMA Who Saw How To Capitalize on The BS Reporting to introduce new lines of Half Wit almost utterly useless but Profit Making product lines! Are we on the same page now?

  2. Youre an idiot. Completely neglected the massive reduction of cancer causing factors in their tobacco as well

  3. It isn’t the stuff that can cause serious illness and death from cancer, lung, and heart disease. Those culprits are the tar and toxic gases that are released from burning tobacco when you smoke. Nicotine is a chemical that is dangerous not because it causes cancer but because it can addict you to cigarettes.

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