reply to post by hellobruce
Before you start branding smokers as drug addicts, there is a couple of things you should know.
Prior to 198, the word addiction had a very specific medical meaning. It was based on 5 criteria. The substance had to be intoxicating (thus
rendering the user unable to reason properly), it had to cause life-threatening symptoms if withdrawn suddenly (for example an alcoholic could
experience dt's and die, it had to require greater and greater amounts to have the same effect and a couple of more criteria that I can't remember
under this medical definition of the word addictive, there were only 4 or 5 substances that were considered addictive. These included morphine,
heroin, alcohol, opiates and a couple of others,, I also can't remember off-hand
Smoking was considered to be habitual and not addictive under this definition. obviously, nicotene does not intoxicate, withdrawal is not life
threatening and you don't require greater amounts to experience the same effect
Here is an article that discusses the criteria of addiction
At the urging of anti-tobacco, the surgeon general changed this medical definition of addiction. But the desired change had to somehow include
nicotene. In order to accomodate this demand, the surgeon general broadened the definition of addiction to include any behavior or substance that
caused the body to produce endorphins. This generally means that anything that causes a human being to expience the sensation of pleasure could now
be considered addictive.
this is a link to the relevant surgeon general's report
Anti-tobacco was very interested in branding smoking as addictive because it changed the role of the smoker from being a person making a choice to
being addict with no choice at the mercy of the evil tobacco companies. This laid the stage for suing the tobacco companies. Nobody was interested
in suing average citizens for so-called increased health care because the average citizen does not have very deep pockets but the tobacco companies
have very deep pockets indeed.
It is at this point that food became addictive, sex became addictive, chocolate became addictive, running became addictive, shopping became addictive,
coffee became addictive, arguing became addictive
I submit to you Sir that when everything is addictive, then nothing is addictive and we are ALL drug addicts. My drug of choice is smoking. Yours
may be chocolate or alcohol or coffee. So perhaps ALL of us are unemployable?
In any event, there is still much debate about the so-called "addictive" properties of nicotene. Nicotene itself is a drug that does not intoxicate
and is very closely related to caffeine. It has many medicinal properties, such as promoting the growth of capillaries thus promoting good
circulation and healing. When oxidized (burned), a portion of it is transformed into vitamin B12 (nicotenic acid otherwise known as niacin) Niacin
is extremely important for proper brain function and in fact, is considered the reason why most mentally ill people smoke. It controls their symptoms
of schizophrenia and depression and bipolar.
here is an article from a scientist who disagrees that nicotene is addictive
Addicts conjures up the image of intoxicated people living in ally and unable to function usefully in society. You are implying Sir, by your comment
that employers should not hire smokers because they are drug addicts.
Please do not be fooled by propaganda showing the smokers are less productive than non-smokers. I have read those studies and they are so incredibly
biased toward a pre-determined conclusion that it is laughable.
Instead I urge you to examine history. It was smokers, who comprised almost 70 % of the total male population, who fought and won the second world
war. It was smokers who returned home from that war, created the baby boomer generation and built all the infrastructure that supports our current
society to this day.
(so much for smoking causing infertility).
If I were inclined to lie and twist statistics by the same means that anti-tobacco does, I would argue that there is a very strong corelations between
smoking and productivity.
Tired of Control Freaks