‘Anti-rokers zijn obsessief’

Why accuse a simple plant for folks smoking? After all, nicotine is
supposed to be the drug that keeps people hooked. “Accusing tobacco sneakily
blames smokers and keeps us from identifying addiction as the root cause of
chronic smoking. Why? To take money from unhealthy or at-risk adults and from
our children,” says Richard Lovelace. “If tobacco is that basic cause of risking
health, people wouldn’t be able to substitute by smoking the leaves of tomato
plants. Tomato and other very common vegetables make nicotine that can be
smoked. A smoker who gardens doesn’t need to buy cigarettes.”

Richard Lovelace van Truth for Healthy Living
maakt zich erg boos op de anti-rokenorganisaties die zich op de borst kloppen
dat ze het roken zo goed hebben aangepakt. In een persbericht toont hij aan hoe
inconsequent hun opstelling is en waarom deze aanpak úberhaupt bestaat.
Belangrijkste reden voor het ophouden van het sprookje dat
nicotineafhankelijkheid roken in stand houdt is de zware subsidiëring van de
anti-rokenindustrie aan de pharmaceutiche nicotinemakers.

Het persbericht over de inconsequente opstelling van de anti-rokers:

While politically powerful individuals will deny making the wrong decision that now threatens the health of a great many youngsters and adults, addiction specialists may know better. One of them states,

  • “It’s a major mistake blaming tobacco for people smoking cigarettes.”
  • “The public is being led to believe that tobacco is a drug.” If you doubt that, Google-search: alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs or ATOD.
  • “If tobacco is a drug, then tomato has to be one. It isn’t.”

Dr. Lovelace tells why repeatedly asserting those beliefs is “exceedingly important.” The statements point to the reason it’s “only an illusion that substantial progress has been made toward ending smoking.” In addition, he is sure the “major mistake” is being hidden. “The cover-up adds mightily to health threats and costs by enabling the overweight and obesity public health crisis. Cigarette smokers have been right all along. Quitting does make people fatter. That is, it does when they must go without assistance that deals with the root cause of chronic smoking. Nearly all of them are going without.“

Ook dissidente anti-rokenwetenschapper Michael Siegel is het met Lovelace eens als deze ingaat op de rol van nicotine vervangingstherapie:

If one looks at the various addictive substances and the way in which public health groups deal with them, one is struck by the seemingly obsessive focus in the tobacco control field on nicotine as the sole cause of cigarette addiction and on nicotine replacement products as the single most important and effective solution to this problem.

But the reality is that smoking is a lot more complex a behavior than simply a method of introducing nicotine into the body, and addiction to smoking almost certainly has psychological, and not merely physiological, components. As do virtually all addictive behaviors.

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    Albert Einstein

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