Challenging Lies About Nicotine Addiction

Challenging Lies About Nicotine Addiction

Challenging Lies About Nicotine Addiction

Challenging the assertion of nicotine addiction seems, well, like a challenge to professionals. They’ve said it for years, why is it such a challenge?  Experts like manipulation of information. Experts like being in control of the conversation. Why can’t “professionals” show their work? Experts do not like being questioned.

From my 2016 article on Blasting News:

“There’s no conclusive evidence to point to showing any addiction to nicotine, alone, in an unaltered natural state. For any professional health or tobacco expert claiming nicotine is addictive in and of itself, I respectfully request that you show proper evidence, clinical research, and science in the comment section below — and I thank you for it in advance.”

Challenging  Lies: Nicotine Addiction

When referring to “addiction to nicotine”, they always use the reference in context with tobacco and go as far as saying “nicotine is as addictive as heroin“. Challenge that lie. When you find someone claiming it “is”, ask them to show you addiction, (and harm) in humans, without tobacco.

This can’t be difficult. Prove yourself correct. If you are a professional, show me.

I’m still waiting for proof. It should be very simple to find.

Prove themselves right

I don’t care WHO says it is, without tobacco (and those pesky maoi’s) nicotine is not addictive on its own in humans. This definition seems to be a challenge for professionals to prove themselves right.

Below are a few blogs I’ve done (of various quality) about the alleged addiction to nicotine.

There are links collected and shown far beyond what I ever thought I could amass.


Can you quit smoking with patches and gums?

A Nicotine-Focused FDA Framework.

Nicotine Usage Survey for US & UK users

Trying to quit smoking? Patches, gums and “experts” are useless – without counseling you.

The FDA can’t prove nicotine addiction or gateways exist.

“Nicotine” is not tobacco.

Proof of nicotine “addiction” uncontested so far

Nicotine Addiction: An Open 30-Day Public Health Challenge

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

Nicotine is not addictive, no conclusive evidence found

Nicotine Addiction. Smoking, E-Cigarettes & You.

Nicotine Reduction Therapy, What’s really safe? The Truth & Perspective on the Gum, Patch & Drugs Over E-Cigs.

Helping Smokers Quit

Finally, in March of 2017

I created this:

Nicotine Addiction: An Open 30-Day Public Health Challenge

asking them to “prove” addiction to nicotine, in humans, without tobacco and MAOI’s.

They failed, and are still failing miserably. The claim of nicotine addiction is part of the basis for the “regulations” of e-cigarettes in the United States. They redefined nicotine as tobacco to create more revenue as tobacco.

They all breaking the law, or various laws.

It’s a fictitious claim, no one is loud enough to challenge it.  I’m waiting on someone to have some balls to challenge it with lawsuits, something.

After the almost completely unanswered challenge, I can only conclude that nicotine is not addictive.

I have done so, and below is my Vaping Links “database” for everything I’ve found “nicotine addiction”.  LOTS of links.

The conclusion?

Nicotine Is Not Addictive.

Added 4/04/18
Nicotine “addiction”

“The effects of nicotine on the brain are similar to those of sugar, salt, exercise, and other harmless substances and events”

“There are so many findings that conflict so starkly with the view that nicotine is addictive that it increasingly appears that adhering to the nicotine addiction thesis is only defensible on extra-scientific grounds.”

Nicotine as an Addictive Substance: A Critical Examination of the Basic Concepts and Empirical Evidence

Tobacco Alternative Gums Market: Sales Volume, Revenue and Growth Rate Forecast

The usual suspects:

“One of the important growth factors for the global tobacco alternative gums market is the increasing price of cigarettes.”

Tobacco Alternative Gums Market: Sales Volume, Revenue and Growth Rate Forecast

Added 5/19/2018:

Milk is not beef, syrup is not wood, barlay and hops is not beer and

“Nicotine might be extracted from tobacco, but not made from it.”

Schrodinger’s Nicotine: Not Derived From Tobacco

Added 4/06/19 (Thanks, Fig!)

Below includes only sugar. Not the other chemicals that can enhance nicotine – to be blamed- for “addiction”. It’s almost as if the information is classified. Or buried. As if someone doesn’t want you to know this information.

Simple Determination of Sugars in Cigarettes

Also: “The main additions to tobacco are sugars, which are also present naturally in tobacco leaves, and moisture retaining compounds (humectants), such as glycerol and propylene glycol.”

Tobacco Additives

“One of the mistakes smokers make when trying to quit is confusing sugar withdrawal with nicotine withdrawal. Most people actually experience sugar withdrawal, which can be very uncomfortable. Symptoms include irritability, headaches, shaking.”  

(I blame Fig Ramsey for me finding this one as well.)

Special Report  -Did you know? Every cigarette contains half a teaspoonful of sugar!


“Sugars are added to cigarettes as they are known to turn into aldehydes during combustion. Acetaldehyde is believed to increase the addictive properties of nicotine.”

– How and why cigarettes are so addictive –


Further, by weight, added sugars were the number one or number two ingredient in most cigarette brands. Given that added sugars increase the appeal, toxicity, and addictive potential of smoking, regulatory actions should be considered… for the protection of public health.

Sugar-Sweetened Cigarettes: Added Sugars in American Cigarette Brands


When the sugar level in natural tobacco is determined the concentration of sugars added on top of that can be defined and the relationship with increased dependence potential of tobacco products can be determined.

An Inventory of Methods for the Assessment of Additive Increased Addictiveness of Tobacco Products


5.5 percent knew that sugar was added to cigarettes and only 3.8 percent of those surveyed knew that added sugar increases toxins in smoke. White processed sugar is contained in each cigarette also has been found to be addictive.

Added Sugar in Cigarettes – Did You Know?


At the beginning of the 20th century, someone devised a two-step process of air-curing leaves to keep the nicotine content high, then soaking them in sugar to get the sweet flavor back.

We Have Sugar To Thank For The American Tobacco Industry

Added 5/13/2019

Hidden Benefits Of Nicotine on The Brain


This gem of a statement was inside the article below:

“Wait a second. . . . Nicotine does not interfere with cognitive ability.”
(National Institute on Drug Abuse, Dr. Nora Volkow in 2014.)

The myths of smoking pot

I’m here to help.

Added 7/20/2019

Financial Ties and Conflicts of Interest Between Pharmaceutical and Tobacco Companies

3 case studies. One shows how tobacco companies pressured pharmaceutical companies to scale back their smoking cessation educational materials that accompanied Nicorette.The second shows how they restricted to whom the pharmaceutical company could market its transdermal nicotine patch. In the third case, we show how subsidiary tobacco and pharmaceutical companies of a parent company collaborated in the production of a nicotine-release gum. Thus, because tobacco cessation product marketing has been altered as a result of these financial conflicts, disclosure would serve the interest of public health.

“financial ties between tobacco and pharmaceutical companies have resulted in the weakening of smoking cessation efforts and the sharing of technology to develop nicotine products that are profitable to both industries.”

Financial Ties and Conflicts of Interest Between Pharmaceutical and Tobacco Companies


This is still an open challenge for anyone in public health to find nicotine addiction, without tobacco and MAOI’s, in humans.

If you can, (not behind a paywall), please comment below.

Nicotine: It’s what’s for dinner, and your personal care, and…

Link to above chart is here: Heno

Nicotine “EPA Product and Use Categories”

Added 5/08/2020:

Dependence on e-cigarettes and cigarettes in a cross-sectional study of US adults.

“Use of e-cigarettes appears to be consistently associated with lower #nicotine dependence than cigarette smoking.”

Dependence on e-cigarettes and cigarettes in a cross-sectional study of US adults.

If you are a consumer, stop believing it, and challenge it.

If you are a professional, prove it. If you cannot…. Stop lying about it.

I am, of course, here to help.


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