Winston Salem, NC (PRWEB) January 27, 2006
Winston-Salem, NC (PRWEB) January 27, 2006 -- Why blame tobacco rather than nicotine for folks smoking? After all, nicotine is supposed to be the addicting substance. “If tobacco is that essential cause of smoking or risking health and wealth, people wouldn’t be able to substitute by smoking the leaves of tomato plants,” says Richard Lovelace. "Tomato and other very common vegetables produce nicotine that can be smoked. A smoker who gardens doesn’t need to buy cigarettes."
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 huge, major mistake blaming tobacco for people smoking cigarettes.”
- “To make a profit, the public is being led to believe that tobacco is a drug. It is not.”
- “Also it’s said or suggested that tobacco and nicotine are the same thing. They are not.”
- "If tobacco is a drug, then tomato has to be one, and it isn't."
Dr. Lovelace tells why repeatedly asserting those beliefs – “until enough self-confident adults pay attention and help” – 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. Most of them are going without.“
He knows that none of this defends the tobacco industry or somehow encourages smoking cigarettes. If people doubt these insights from the inside are “new, true and important to act on,” Lovelace believes they’re “in serious denial.” Convinced the lives of numerous children are at stake, he’s easily willing to confront.
You might expect to find a moneymaking enterprise is being promoted. There isn’t one. Lovelace now gives away what he learned from 40 years of clinical practice. Respectfully, he suggests that not trading knowledge for money somehow further enhances objectivity and awareness in experts. That allows them to be unusually candid and tell “politically incorrect facts.”
Add More Rational Thinking
The doctor offers additional points to lend support and help clarify:
Don’t overlook likely profit motives. For instance, accusing the tobacco plant instead of the addicting component legitimizes the making of huge fortunes selling more ways to “ingest” (take in) nicotine.
No one who’s knowledgeable says an alcoholic is addicted to whiskey or drinking it. Why allege (with blaming) that anyone is addicted to tobacco or smoking it? Like whiskey, tobacco is one of several sources of the drug. This specialist explains, “With nicotine, there are not only different sources (like tomato) there are various ways to ingest or ‘deliver’ it. One is to smoke nicotine. Another way is to stick on your skin nicotine-drenched pieces of cloth (patches). That’s a recent variation of what some native South Americans reportedly have done for a long time. They pour nicotine into cooked animal fat and rub the grease on their arms.”
“Only someone who is too politically correct or in denial,” says Lovelace, “thinks any adult would chronically suck smoke for some basic reason other than physical dependence.” “Once physically dependent, total abstinence and permanently is what works. Tapering off doesn't.” “Even one ‘hit’ of nicotine – no matter the ‘delivery method’ – makes someone not yet in the recovery that’s required for him or her to survive.” “Public officials declare and confirm that nicotine is addictive. Then they give the opposite message: it isn’t.”
Officials and their agencies give that conflicting, confusing message when suggesting it’s a way to stop smoking cigarettes. They report or imply that nicotine is now a Food and Drug Administration approved “medicine” that helps people, to a meaningful extent, quit permanently . . . when it doesn’t. Referring to what agencies print when, he believes, “using public funds to help sell nicotine delivery methods,” Lovelace says, “Someone ‘doubling’ his or her ‘chances of quitting’ for good means going from little chance to still little chance – but maybe, perhaps, possibly doubled.”
“Blaming tobacco powerfully promotes deadly health risk denial in children, teenagers and adults,” warns Lovelace. Why do addiction professionals who are licensed health care clinicians rarely help adults quit and help prevent teenage smoking when, arguably, they are the most qualified? He frequently experiences the reason: “Trained clinicians realize the enormous odds against gaining sufficient attention (little-enough resistance) from present and future ‘users’ and pivotal support from influential groups so long as credibility is given to focusing on a plant instead of the problem.”
Still Hooked and Still Expensive Overweight Folks
Because of the unenlightened, wrong condemnation of tobacco and smokers, we have the false impression of progress. (See the Web article referenced below.) We have increased misery and threat.
The powerful groups and individuals who decided how to deal with smoking failed to involve and then alienated those who could accurately identify and help with the cause: nicotine addiction. There was no opportunity to widely apply the effective remedy – since knowing the essential reason for chronic smoking was, and still is, the first half of the solution. Well-meaning authorities could do little more than what was politically correct.
Being kept in the dark about the failure of politicians and having hardly any effective help available, periodically trying-to-quit smokers substitute to self-medicate. They become overweight and still unhealthy. They remain ridiculed and exploited – far more than cared about – people who are addiction-driven to drain health care resources. Most give up, return to smoking nicotine and are compelled by intensely reinforced learning to continue the eating behaviors and food preferences that made and keep them fat. Just as unintentionally, they model (teach) them to their children.
Lovelace is certain that exposing this mistake of the politically powerful and the alleged cover-up is one answer that will protect our kids and save financial resources for them. That’s explained in an article he wrote recently entitled ‘How to Talk with Children and Teenagers About Smoking and Overweight.’ You will find it at http://www.truth-for-healthy-living.org/.
News source: This or other content provided is solely for educational purposes and represents the research conclusions or clinical insights of Dr. Richard Lovelace (author) and not Winston Clinical Associates. Nothing described, such as smoking tomato leaves, should be done by anyone. Thank you for your consideration.