The Big Tobacco Lies

For many years, tobacco companies have successfully hidden the health risks of smoking through clever and arguably deceptive marketing. Although there’s a health warning written on every cigarette pack, this does not seem to help smokers get educated about the dangers of smoking. In fact, a study that was conducted by some researchers involving 1,404 smokers of varying ethnicities has confirmed the ignorance of smokers regarding the health risks of cigarettes.

The good thing though is the majority of the smokers involved in the clinical trial has become motivated to quit smoking after learning the risks. Moreover, others have expressed their anger and regret towards frequent smoking.

The tobacco industry is assuming that everyone knows already the health risks brought by cigarette smoking. They have a point. Why won’t people know if all the surgeon’s health warnings are already there at the back of cigarette packs?

Tobacco makers claim that the scientific proof confirming the connection between smoking and cancer has only come out recently. They add that smokers are the ones to blame if they get lung cancer and heart diseases.

Tobacco makers claim that the scientific proof confirming the connection between smoking and cancer has only come out recently. They add that smokers are the ones to blame if they get lung cancer and heart diseases.

These controversial issues caught the attention of various countries. In response, government agencies are ordering tobacco companies to make corrective statements in various types of advertisements.

They want the industry to disclose the real danger of cigarettes to human health through online print ads, newspapers, and primetime television spots for everyone to see. That way, consumers and future smokers will think twice of smoking after seeing the harmful effects of cigarettes to their health. Moreover, they will become wise enough not to be deceived by tobacco companies.

Here are some of the lies that the tobacco industry doesn’t want you to know.

Harmful effects of smoking. Tobacco use kills more Americans than alcohol abuse, murders, and car accidents. Smoking-related health conditions are the leading causes of death in the U.S.

The Addictiveness of smoking and nicotine. Smoking cigarettes are addictive because of the presence of nicotine, and very difficult to quit. As we all know, nicotine is one of the most used addictive drugs in the U.S.

The lack of any significant health benefit from smoking lighter cigarettes. Lighter cigarettes are not safe if you’re conscious of your health. Also, note that switching to low-tar or ultra-light cigarettes is not a solution to avoid smoking-related diseases.

Manipulation of cigarette design and composition to ensure nicotine delivery.

The adverse health effects of exposure to secondhand smoke. Exposure to secondhand smoke is dangerous to your health. A person who is exposed to secondhand smoke may get heart diseases and lung cancer.

Now, tobacco companies are pushing unregulated e-cigarettes to continue flourishing in the market despite the controversial issues. These alternative cigarettes consist of a battery, an atomizer for storing liquid, and a cartridge with e-liquids. These are marketed as less harmful alternatives to addicted smokers and are offered in various flavors.

The e-cigarette is becoming more and more popular and millions of people use them as an alternative to quitting smoking. Although they emit vapor, there’s no evidence yet that they may cause serious heart and lung diseases.

Basic Quitting Tips

In 2014, around 1 billion people were smoking cigarettes. That was equivalent to 20% of the world’s population. Being able to stop smoking is a great way to boost your health. It can lessen your chances of acquiring cancer and other lung conditions.

According to WHO, 480,000 Americans are killed by smoking cigarettes yearly. In addition to this, even those who don’t smoke are affected. There are around 41,000 deaths due to second-hand smoke.

Nicotine is the substance that makes smoking cigarettes highly addictive. How exactly can you stop smoking cigarettes? Here are some useful tips on how you can successfully quit smoking.

  • Cold Turkey

Doctors highly suggest doing it cold turkey. That means waking up the next day without any cigarettes whatsoever. This can be quite difficult especially for someone who has been smoking for years. Cigarette withdrawal will most likely kick in if you opt to do it this way.

If you opt to remove the habit abruptly, it is imperative that you are prepared for the consequences. It is a good idea that you find an alternative habit to smoking.  For instance, you may want to keep yourself busy with other hobbies.

Nicotine replacement therapy

A lot of times, nicotine replacement therapy works especially if you are worried about the withdrawal symptoms associated with the lack of nicotine in your system. It comes in the form of nicotine patches or using e-cigarettes that have different nicotine content in their liquid.

The common problem that you’ll encounter with nicotine replacement therapy though is that you may still become over-reliant on nicotine that your dependence on nicotine remains even after a long time.

  • Stay away from people who smoke

It is easy to find yourself tempted to smoke. If you are going to quit smoking, it is a good idea that you don’t go near people who are also smoking. This lessens the chances of failing to quit smoking.

Instead, it is a good idea that you stick with people who are also trying to quit smoking. You can find yourself getting support from them. You’ll feel relieved by the fact that you are not the only one suffering. You can also talk to a therapist if you feel that the urge is simply too strong for you.

  • Eat antioxidants

Anti-oxidants can help get rid of nicotine and other toxins that are found in your system. This can help lead to a lesser impact on your withdrawal symptoms. Foods that can help you detox include orange, water, spinach, and broccoli to name a few.

  • Body Detox Systems

There are some body detox systems marketed to help purge nicotine from your body quickly, and therefore ending the urges quicker. Some even come with a home urine drug test kit that enables you to test the levels of cotinine (a metabolite of nicotine).

Seeing your urine detox levels drop significantly, supposedly gives you a psychological boost as well to help in quitting for good. I haven’t tried these yet but they are quite popular. Just be prepared to go on a 3-4 day diet and eat certain foods that are part of the detox regimen.

  • Do some physical exercises

Exercise can help get your attention away from smoking. In addition to this, you will also increase your endorphins. This elevates your mood which is a great way to counteract the effect of withdrawal symptoms that can get you depressed.

It even helps in getting rid of chemicals that are stuck in your system. When you work out, you can flush toxins out of your system when you sweat. You can even go to the sauna after a workout to clean your system and lessen the symptoms of nicotine withdrawal.

The Tobacco Industry Mirage

Over the years we can point to numerous occasions where tobacco companies have tried to lie and hide the real statistics about the dangers of tobacco use, as doing so would reduce their profits.

This blog will be dedicated to discussing the tobacco industry secrets and lies, and we will go into them later in depth. I think it’s best to start with a quick overview of tobacco control laws in my home state of New Mexico as well as on the federal level.

Tobacco Control in New Mexico

The Tobacco control laws and policies in New Mexico make it unlawful for a person to smoke in indoor public places including the bars and restaurants, at public and private workplaces, in public transports such as buses and taxicabs, in or around school buildings and places providing child care and health care facilities.

However, there are a few exceptions in respect to smoking at public places and these includes smoking at private residence, a retail tobacco store, a cigar bar, a licensed casino or bingo parlour, designated outdoor smoking areas, private clubs, privately hired limousine, up to 25 percent of motel/hotel rooms, workplace of a sole proprietor or a workplace with less than two employees and not commonly accessible to the general public, and television production, a motion picture or a theatrical stage set where smoking is necessary as a part of the production.

The Federal Rules For Law Enforcement:  Appropriate no-smoking signs are posted at the most legible spots of the entrance of all the indoor public places and indoor workplaces. Whenever a violation occurs, the sheriff, police and local fire department with jurisdiction over the location and with the authority to enforce the act properly inspect the establishment for compliance. If a person wants to report an alleged violation, he/she can register a complaint with the sheriff, police or local fire department or the State Department of Health to initiate enforcement.

The Federal Rules For Penalties: If a person aged 18 or above is found violating these rules of tobacco control, he/she is subject to a nominal fine of not more than $100 for the very first violation, $200 fine for the second violation within a period of 12 months and a fine not more than $500 for the third or all the subsequent violation within a period of 12 months. The operator, manager or owner of the establishment is not subjected to any penalty as long as the operator, manager or owner has enforced the appropriate policy and has posted the appropriate signs.

The Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement: A lawsuit was filed by New Mexico, District of Columbia and 45 other states on the four major cigarette manufacturers – Lorillard, Brown & Williamson, RJ Reynolds and Philip Morris – to recover the cost of health care imposed by the cigarette smoking on the citizens. In November 1998, this lawsuit was settled and the agreement was then termed as the Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement.

Under this agreement, the manufacturers agreed to make annual payments to the states and also agreed to make some prohibitions on the advertising and marketing of their tobacco products.

Until now, 40 cigarette manufacturers have joined the MSA. Another law enacted by the state of New Mexico to regulate the behaviour of cigarette manufacturers was the Model Escrow Statute. Under this statute, the manufacturer wishing to sell their products in New Mexico has to join the MSA and adhere to the terms and conditions. If the manufacturer fails to abide by the Model Escrow Statute, they will be exposed to civil penalties.