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Nicotine and Additives

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  1. rosie1931
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    09 Nov 2018
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    Hi again everyone,

    Just wondering if anyone else has been searching and found this out.  Last weekend, during one of my insomnia nights, I googled nicotine and it's addictive properties.  What I found out was, that in the early 1960's they began to add ammonia as well as other additives to enhance the nicotine affect on people and to increase the speed in which nicotine goes to the brain.  Wow!  They did an investigation in the 1990's and the tobacco companies finally admitted this.  However, to this day they are still adding these products to enhance the nicotine addiction.  This seems really hypocritical and crazy as we've seen for years the stop smoking programs and what they've done to packaging to get people to quit or not start smoking at all.  Why would they not go to the root of the problem?  And stop the tobacco industry from producing cigarettes that are so addictive?  Before the sixties they did, and they can do so again.  So, it got me thinking.  Who benefits?  Not our government, as we smokers cost the health care system so much more than a non-smoker.  But, how about the drug companies?  They get funding for research, and needless to say the monies generated by chemo, radiation, drugs for nausea for chemo, NRT's and so on.  I'm thinking maybe they really don't want us to quit after all.  Treating related illnesses associated with smoking are quite lucrative.  When I was in Cuba, and I've heard it again in Toronto, they have a cure for cancer, but yet the rest of the world does not want it.  Why?  Same thing.  Too much money to be lost if cancer could be cured.  
  2. brieffree
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    09 Nov 2018 in reply to rosie1931
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    Dear rosie

    So many questions and only one answer,  At the beginning of my quit I asked the same why the Government allowed that, and the answer is they do not care, they care only about $$$$$.
    As we are Big persons to chose between good and wrong,
    Just remember when you started smoking and why? Many years later we pay the price.
    Is up to Us to stop that horrible habit, and keep it as long we can....
    They wont change but we can choose!

    Be a non smoker, and be proud to say it!
  3. jenna lee, quit coach
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    09 Nov 2018
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    hello everyone,

    great point brieffree! the bottom line is that if we don't want to be manipulated by the corporations, then not using their products is the way to go. 

    Even if we cannot answer these bigger questions, at the end of the day, we need to do what is best for ourselves and for many of us, stoping smoking is the choice.

    rosie1931, for more information and to help make a difference, please feel free to reach out 

    https://www.canada.ca/en/health-canada/corporate/about-health-canada/public-engagement/stakeholder-registry.html 

    Just copy and past the above link

    This is a registry by the Canadian Government where you can give your feedback, including those involving tobacco.

    Hope this helps,

    Jenna Lee
  4. rosie1931
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    10 Nov 2018 in reply to jenna lee, quit coach
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    Thank you Jenna, I will!  Never knew this existed.  
  5. shazzan
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    16 Nov 2018 in reply to rosie1931
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    We all seem to be 40 or more year smokers, ready for retirement soon. A lot of money to be saved if we expire.   NRT's are also prolonging actual nicotine quits and that would be fine if we could afford them and know we are saving our lungs. However , the industry makes billions on your dependence and still you suffer the misery of withdrawals.Personally  I would  want more for my money. 
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