Nicotine is NOT addictive.
The world has been manipulated into believing that nicotine itself is addictive. It isn’t.
Decades of the assertion of nicotine addiction is wrong. Millions of smokers have been lied to. Millions have believed the addictive property in cigarettes is nicotine alone by default or design.
MILLIONS have tried to “quit or die” with “approved” methods.
The assertion of nicotine “addiction” by “public health” is profitable and absurd.
Where IS the PROOF?
Is there proof of the global claim of addiction to nicotine without tobacco?
I decided to challenge that.
Nicotine Addiction: An Open 30-Day Public Health Challenge.
No one was able to produce any overwhelming evidence of addiction to nicotine without tobacco or MAOI’s.
They didn’t prove themselves right.
It also raised funds with a net total of $560.06 for ecigarette-research.org.
How Can That Be?
Hearing it for nearly three decades, the generation under 50 assumes this claim is true.
Because you’ve been led to believe force-fed information.
“Tobacco and nicotine are addictive like alcohol, cocaine, and heroin.”
Wikipedia has a link describing nicotine (in and with tobacco) as
“Nicotine is highly addictive.”
It also states “Nicotine constitutes approximately 0.6–3.0% of the dry weight of tobacco”
“This stimulant effect is a contributing factor to the addictive properties of tobacco smoking.”
Tobacco with all the other chemicals may be “addictive”, but nicotine itself is not.
Do you really believe “.06% up to 3%” is the addictive part with all the other chemicals?
This is a list of what the FDA determines to be the “other chemicals and additives” (or what they consider the “Established List”) in cigarettes.
Are there other chemicals that cause addiction in tobacco?
Here is the “Fagerström Nicotine Dependence Scale”
Answer the questions honestly as a smoker if you smoke or answer the questions honestly now as a “vaper” (or both). It’ll take one minute to get your answer:
One, with half a brain might think all those additives in tobacco could be the reason for “addiction”. Well – evidently not. It must be the nicotine.
A Nicotine Lie Is Born
In 1988, the Surgeon General released this report setting the phrase “nicotine addiction” into anti-smoking and eventually what has become “tobacco control” folklore.
By design, the anti-smoking establishment took a deep manipulative smoke-free breath in unison – and went, yeah, nicotine addiction. We can use that.
Created false nicotine theory
to manipulate smokers
into thinking they are addicted
The two other anti-tobacco experts, Neal Benowitz and Jack Henningfield were the jointly responsible scientific editors of the 639-page official Surgeon General’s Report: “Nicotine Addiction” in 1988.
According to the court documents the two experts both had solid economic cooperation on smoking cessation products with many pharmaceutical companies since the 1980s – Neal Benowitz as a professional consultant for several pharmaceutical companies that produce smoking cessation products, while Jack Henningfield earned most of his income from his own business companies which have had long-standing partnerships with Glaxo and Pfizer.
That above is here:
“Lying about “nicotine” addiction becomes addictive like alcohol, cocaine, and heroin.”
They Couldn’t Wait To Help
Smoking bans, laws and (bookmark alert) —> anti-smoking groups went berzerk. Patches, gums, etc. were set and soon “in place” to “help” smokers.
Public health, anti-smoking groups now tobacco control “groups” have (used) gotten away with stating nicotine addiction for DECADES, never separating tobacco or all the additives in the manufacturing process (MAOI’s) with a simple proof by assertion, the whole world “believes” very quickly, that nicotine itself, is addictive. Government goes along for the ride.
Please, Keep Smoking
When you wanted to stop smoking, you had it set in your mind via the brainwashing you’ve had most or all your life. Patch. Gum. Approved methods. You take the word of experts who should know better, run to the local drug store or supermart and load up on essentially useless products.
The world of anti-tobacco, pharmaceuticals and government, by
design deception, have manipulated public opinion.
“Tobacco and nicotine are addictive like alcohol, cocaine, and heroin.”
Proof by assertion:
Proof by assertion, sometimes informally referred to as proof by repeated assertion, is an informal fallacy in which a proposition is repeatedly restated regardless of contradiction. Sometimes, this may be repeated until challenges dry up, at which point it is asserted as fact due to its not being contradicted (argumentum ad nauseam).
There are stats to show how
well poorly the patch and gum are helping folks stop smoking at a whopping 93% failure rate here.
Profits from nicotine replacement “therapies” are addictive like alcohol, cocaine, and heroin.
An Addiction To Revenue
Nicotine gum was around in 1967, but commercially available in 1978.
The nicotine patch came on the market in 1992
The Tobacco Companies Were Right
Shortly thereafter, in 1994, the tobacco companies were put on the spot, in my opinion, to look like villains – to make the public record look as if they were lying, and make the pharmaceutical companies much more profitable.
Wouldn’t most or all of us, if “addicted” to nicotine alone, have
- Smoked more and more cigarettes every day to increase our “nicotine” levels?
- Continually use higher MG patches going up instead of “stepping down”?
- Chewed copious amounts of nicotine gum until our cheeks exploded?
- Become “junkies”, gone on crime sprees and lived on the streets?
- Seen a huge worldwide black market for nicotine gum & patches?
Willful Manipulation And Deception
“Experts” willfully, with malice, have the answer – and give you what you’re supposedly addicted to, to help you become free from your addiction.
That, my friend, is business 101 charlatanism defined.
I’ll let you ponder that as I keep typing.
The phrase “nicotine addiction” became profitable by the 1990’s.
From This: (Bookmark alert) Big Drugs Nicotine War
“Keeping people smoking by saying replacement “therapies” work is “as addictive as alcohol, cocaine, and heroin”.
An Addiction To Lying
ALWAYS referring to tobacco, never without. An alleged expert in her field.
— Wanda de Kanter (@Wdekanter) March 28, 2017
The more you fail at an addiction you don’t have, the more job security there will be.
If “Nicotine IS Addictive”
Here’s an example of an alleged “expert” using misdirection.
Then – there’s a contradiction. It either IS addictive or it is not.
There’s no “depends”. It makes “experts” look assertive, but uneducated.
To presume, assume, portray and assert the “fact” that nicotine itself is THE addictive ingredient in tobacco is unsubstantiated, contrived and incorrect.
I’ve asked for proof of addiction to nicotine without tobacco. Repeatedly. Replies were either completely ignored, or amusing to some extent.
Without proof that nicotine itself “IS” addictive, it’s not as easy an answer to – lie about.
I looked. Asked politely, and sometimes not so politely. Then I looked some more.
Becoming a pain in the ass, I’ve asked “important people”. I’ve asked wannabe’s with PhD’s, top experts on addiction.
“Tobacco control – experts – “, T.V. doctors, the Centers for Disease Control, The Food & Drug Administration, the Surgeon General and even asked Pfizer & Johnson & Johnson on Twitter. I wanted anyone to show proof that – without tobacco – nicotine “is” addictive.
I’ve asked the Lung, Heart, Cancer and other organizations like the American Medical Association. You name it, I’ve asked.
Not one could produce evidence to show addiction without using tobacco or MAOI’s.
They all say use those approved “cessation” methods.
Imagine my surprise.
Multi-Billion Dollar Lies
I asked Mr. Zercher of 22nd Century. According to his Twitter account, he is
@_xxiicentury (cig w less nicotine than a tomato? yep), fmr head of #americanspiritcigarettes.”
He’s done research (funded by the FDA). Surely, with the progress and innovation of creating a cigarette with “less nicotine than a tomato”, he’s done some research. He of all people – he’s got answers.
See, he’s got a cigarette with less nicotine in it. That tells me he’s got evidence that nicotine is the addictive property in tobacco, not the tobacco.
I covered his portion of the multi-billion dollar, global industry (that I’m still waiting to prove me wrong) here:
I’m also still waiting for you to find it, Mr. Zercher.
Convincing smokers that nicotine is addictive is a multi-billion dollar global lie.
What I could find
Before the challenge was proposed publicly, I did some homework. Hell, I’ve been doing homework for 3+ years. To really scour the world for addiction to nicotine without tobacco was a task.
Once I published the challenge, I expected to be bombarded with studies, data, science and proof that nicotine, without tobacco – IS addictive. Instead, I was expectedly told to “change the criteria”. Huh.
Why? If it IS addictive – after all these years – where is the data?
With no real assistance or help from the “experts”, I found the following on my own:
This one, with my favorite word “can” and of 18 people, does not show addiction.
Read the title twice before you click this next one….
A survey (unacceptable for the purpose of the challenge) showing less than one percent.
(***Thank you** to Coral Gartner)
(***Thank you** to Coral Gartner)
(***Thank you** to Coral Gartner)
Nicotine Pharmacology (with tobacco)
I found this as well:
This is a paywall: (1985)
And “Effects of withdrawal from long-term nicotine gum use” – Psychol Med 1985;15:891-893
Really. With all the “as addictive” claims, why are there so few “sort of” references?
Because nicotine addiction doesn’t exist.
This one – claims the scientific evidence… but…. seems to reinforce a whole lot of nothing except the assertion…
This cannot possibly apply to nicotine as a discrete substance even when delivered in a cigarette. The problem with a regular intake of nicotine in a cigarette is all the collateral damage caused by smoking.
Via Harry Shapiro:
WHY IS THIS DISMISSED?
Finally, ignored since 2011, Hanan Frenk and Reuven Dar submitted this to the Harm Reduction Journal:
We show that the nicotine addiction model presented in this chapter, which closely resembles its 22 years old predecessor, could only be sustained by systematically ignoring all contradictory evidence.
Their link is here:
To question this topic has brought understandably varied levels of criticism among peers, and dismissal due to the assertion of addiction by some professionals without separating tobacco from the equation. I was asked repeatedly to change the criteria.
In giving advice on smoking cessation, the perception of being addicted to “nicotine” itself, then suggesting a “step-down method” with nicotine products is a questionable at best.
Blaming smokers for “not trying hard enough” and telling them it takes many tries is no longer acceptable.
If it were the nicotine itself, not the tobacco, chemicals and maoi’s introduced to enhance tobacco, there would be merit for these products for cessation.
“NRT” and cessation devices do not work. Public health and the manufacturers have known this all along and gone along with the illusion. Nicotine Replacement “therapies” are like any other homeopathic or snake oil remedy.
If you are an expert, please – feel free to comment on this blog and prove addiction to nicotine without tobacco.
This is now a perpetual challenge. I’ll wait.
Here’s a list of other valuable resources added as they are found.
The FDA themselves say:
“although any nicotine-containing product is potentially addictive, decades of research and use have shown that NRT products sold OTC do not appear to have significant potential for abuse or dependence.
Belief about Nicotine Modulates Subjective Craving and Insula Activity in Deprived Smokers.
Nicotine as Therapy
“Clinically, very few users of NRT become dependent on it”…. page 53.
Brian L. Carter
This crossed my eye for reference.
Speaking of fraud:
I can’t make this stuff up.
“The research, published today (Tuesday 16 May) in the journal Scientific Reports, adds to the Chittka lab’s understanding of how bees – insects with a brain no bigger than a pinhead – can perform complex tasks.”
In a trial of varying levels of reduced nicotine content cigarettes, participant drop-out greater for lower nicotine https://t.co/mdOBRePgrk
— Addiction Journal (@AddictionJrnl) May 17, 2017
That study is here:
I decided to email the UCSF college to find “nicotine in humans” in their files. They responded very nicely and referred me to PubMed.
By telling me to put in
Nicotine Addiction (or whatever you’re searching) and adding
( NOT mouse NOT Cigar, etcetera) like below to find anything on human addiction to nicotine, I still got nothing.
Seven items did come up… but…after all that, there was no nicotine addiction, in humans.
I slowly added NOT and the next word, like cigar – or alcohol…. or rat…Huh.
Nice tip and lesson learned.
Here’s a train wreck waiting to happen when “experts” misconstrue tobacco with nicotine:
Nicotine – The Zombie Antidote
Saw this in a Facebook group I belong to – from 2012. An excellent perspective from Gabriela Segura, M.D:
“My aim here is to defend the rights of people who choose to smoke. It may surprise you to know that, while the percentage of the population that smokes has declined in recent years (due to government propaganda), the incidence of heart disease has not declined. The reason, shock! horror! is that smoking is not the real problem to begin with!”
Don’t let the title fool you…
“This site was written by a healthcare writer and edited by the former editor of MayoClinic.com as a public service to help smokers make informed decisions”
It also has a section on e-cigarettes.
Medical, Research, Science Professionals:
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