By Alyssa Strong
“If policy makers reject the scientific truth about nicotine and make e-cigarettes more scarce, then the likely result is that more Americans will die from smoking.” – Forbes
When you think of nicotine, tobacco cigarettes are most likely the first thing that come to mind. This is where the stigma of nicotine addiction stems from. It has become a popular belief that smokers are addicted to traditional cigarettes because of the use of nicotine. That is not the case, whatsoever. You are going to have the opportunity to read about nicotine and the actual side effects of using it within this article.
In a clinical trial, Dr. Paul Newhouse, Professor and Director at Vanderbilt University, treated never-smokers for cognitive problems such as: depression, Schizophrenia, Alzheimer’s, and Parkinson’s, in which nobody became addicted or started smoking. This is even despite wearing high dosage nicotine patches for a period of six months at a time. So not only did the never-smokers not develop a dependency on the nicotine, but the severity of their original symptoms regressed.
Instead of speaking on topics such as the clinical trial stated above, propaganda continues to paint an ugly picture of nicotine as something it’s not. The view on nicotine has been so distorted by this that in a survey of British and Swedish doctors, 44% of the doctors stated that they believed nicotine is associated with cancer. This is ultimately considered medical negligence as incorrect information is being offered to patients in regards to nicotine.
Another factor to look at is that there are nicotine patches as well as gum being offered to smokers as an aid to quitting cigarettes. If nicotine is addictive as stated by so many, why aren’t advocates going against the patch and gum? Also, why aren’t we seeing smokers covered in nicotine patches to get their fix? It is simple. You don’t see this because it is in fact not an actual issue to be concerned about.
Now, for the main factor: nicotine found in traditional cigarettes. “It’s the addictive chemical used in cigarettes to keep a smoker buying!” Well, actually, did you know this is actually not a fact? Due to the fact that nicotine, by itself, has been found to not be addictive, there is no real evidence to show that nicotine is the primary or even the runner-up for addictive chemicals in cigarettes. You can find over 4000 chemicals within a traditional cigarette. It is pretty easy to see that with such a large amount of chemicals being used, there is most likely more than one at fault for the issue behind smoking cigarettes. Whether it is one chemical or the combination of the chemicals together, we do not know at this time. We do know, however, that nicotine solely is not the issue.
We are blaming a very crucial health concern on a stimulant, just like caffeine, that plays no role in the matter. This is due to many issues, but mostly it is from a lack of study and media. You see an ad on television or elsewhere telling you nicotine is addictive and that is generally what you are going to agree with. Then, you are most likely to share that information. Granted, we are far past that stage, but I imagine that is how it began. However, because of this misinformation that has been around for quite some time, it continues to get passed down and no one pays attention to the new studies being done (which you won’t see the media talking about). The result? Nothing changes.
It is obvious that more needs to be done about this, but for now, it is up to you to do your own research on the issue so that you may find the truth. Don’t take another person’s word on something of such high importance; that is how this all began.
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