Winston Salem, NC (PRWEB) February 21, 2006
Winston-Salem, NC (PRWEB) February 21, 2006 -- 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."
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."
Confrontation with Rational Thinking
Convinced the lives of many children are at stake, the doctor is easily willing to confront. He offers additional points to lend support and help clarify:
"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."
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 take in nicotine. Journalists should investigate to find out if a maker of nicotine-filled replacements for cigarettes is funding efforts to misrepresent tobacco as a drug. This author's preliminary look into that suggests it's a fact.
No one who's knowledgeable says an alcoholic is addicted to whiskey or drinking it. Why allege 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."
Still Hooked, Still Costly 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. The few who don't return to smoking overeat . . . unknowingly to try and deal with subtle nicotine cravings that can last for years. Just as unintentionally, they model (teach) those new eating habits and preferences 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/.
To news provider: This and any other content are solely for educational purposes and represent the research conclusions or clinical insights of Dr. Richard T. Lovelace (author) and not Winston Clinical Associates. Nothing described, such as smoking tomato leaves, should be done by anyone.