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The 1988 Surgeon General Report: Nicotine Addiction | US Department of Health and Human Services
Article Published: 1988

Type: Official report
Published By: Department of Health and Human Services

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Building up the fraud

By the year 1988 – but still unknown to the masses because smoking bans were still almost unimaginable – the adoption of systematic distortion of definitions based on ideology rather than science was completely consolidated.

In this report the SG utterly lies to the public, and builds an indispensable stepping stone for the belief that nicotine is addictive – in other words, he sets the medical misconception that smokers are “sick” and thus in need of “therapy”.

At the fourth page of this PDF (Foreword) we read (emphasis added):
  • Cigarettes and other forms of tobacco are addicting.
  • Nicotine is the drug in tobacco that causes addiction.
  • The pharmacologic and behavioral processes that determine tobacco addiction are similar to those that determine addiction to drugs such as heroin and cocaine.
From this time on, the last point will be repeated ad infinitum to promote – by using “public health" dollars and thus public money – pharmaceutical smoking cessation trash “therapies.” That's your cash, spent to benefit pharmaceutical multinationals, which had their nicotine products all in readiness by 1988. The Surgeon General and “public health” in general became salesmen of Big Parma.

At page 8 of this PDF, in fact, we read (emphasis added):

"Like other addictions, tobacco use can be effectively treated. ... In recognition of the important role that nicotine plays in maintaining tobacco use, nicotine replacement therapy is now available. Nicotine polacrilex gum has been shown in controlled trials to relieve withdrawal symptoms. In addition, some (but not all) studies have shown that nicotine gum, as an adjunct to behavioral interventions, increases smoking abstinence rates. In recent years, multicomponent interventions have been applied successfully to the treatment of tobacco addiction.”

People at large missed (and still miss) a fundamental contradiction: if nicotine as addictive as cocaine, how can the same nicotine marketed by Big Pharma remove that addiction? Has anyone ever seen a cocaine addict been prescribed more cocaine to quit the addiction?

The absurdity of comparing nicotine to heroin and cocaine (psycho-toxic substances) was highlighted by many parties in the hope that reason and logic would correct the trend. The most vocal opposition came, of course from the tobacco industry. This paper “The Role of Nicotine in Tobacco Use” by John H. Robinson and Walter S. Pritchard criticizes the 1988 SG Report with down-to-earth yet powerful arguments. The conclusions of the paper highlight both the stupidity and the dishonesty of the Surgeon General:

“…common sense tells us that nicotine is not like heroin, cocaine or any other ‘classic’ addicting drugs in its physiological and behavioural effects. One does not have to be a trained behavioural scientist to come to this conclusion. Simply ask and honestly answer the question as to how many people would board a plane piloted by someone who has just consumed an addicting drug (alcohol, heroin, cocaine, barbiturates) versus a plane piloted by someone who had just a cup of coffee and smoked a cigarette. Interestingly, the latter pilot would be classified as a “poly-drug” abuser by NIDA since, like nicotine, caffeine produced ‘euphoria’ “

Unfortunately, that opposition was only intellectual and not physical or political. That was because it was naïvely believed that public health authorities were acting on the basis of truth within the boundaries of liberty, and at the service of the people. On those grounds they were allowed to gain political and executive power unopposed, and to build the infrastructure for social engineering – a fatal error, the devastating consequences of which, we experience today.

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