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Saturday, 24 April 2010

NICOTINE WARS

According to a new study authored by Gregory Connolly & al of the Harvard School of Public Health, Big Tobacco are being naughty boys again. ‘’ (…) Orbs, pellets made of finely ground tobacco with mint or cinnamon flavoring, are packed with nicotine and can poison children and lure young people to start using tobacco. The pellets dissolve in the mouth, like breath mints. Nicotine is a highly addictive drug, and to make it look like a piece of candy is recklessly playing with the health of children” the lead author told reporters.

Our research led us to the following link which describes what Orbs are and their nicotine yields: Camel Orbs

Their description closely resembles another product presently marketed, namely nicotine lozenges. You can read about Commit Lozenges and their nicotine yields at the following link: Commit Lozenges

We later compared the two products:

Orbs contain 0,6 - 3,5 ml of nicotine
Commits contain 2 - 4 ml of nicotine

Orbs are fruit and candy flavored
Commits are fruit and candy flavored

Orbs come in attractive packaging
Commits come in attractive packaging

Because they’re a tobacco product minors cannot purchase Orbs
Commits are marketed over the counter and are available to everyone

Orbs dissolve in the mouth in minutes are small in size and can be conveniently hidden anywhere
Commits dissolve in the mouth in minutes are small in size and can be conveniently hidden anywhere

In the U.S. Orbs are priced at around 4.00 $ before tax for 15 pieces (approx. 15 cents per piece)
In the U.S. Commits are priced at around 40 $ for 72 pieces tax exempted (approx 55 cents per piece).


Except for the price and their makers, these two products are admittedly almost identical in nature, so why are Orbs a threat to children who are forbidden to purchase them until they’re of legal age and yet we hear nothing but praise from the anti-tobacco cartel on nicotine lozenges which can be sold over the counter to anyone?

Why would kids be lured by Orbs and not by Commits? Why would kids get addicted more to the Orb nicotine and not the Commit nicotine which comes in even higher yields? Why would kids be attracted to the flavor of Orbs and not the flavor of Commits?

Quite simply because Orbs are marketed by the evil tobacco companies while Commits are marketed by the holier than thou pharmaceutical industry and the latter will not tolerate a competing product especially when it’s less expensive.

Proof positive once again that the modern war on tobacco is a war between two corporate giants fighting over the nicotine market with the user caught in the crossfire. Big Pharma will use every soldier, every weapon and will take any hostage needed in their effort to take over the lucrative nicotine market. Unfortunately as long as tobacco users looking for a crutch to help them quit smoked tobacco are made to believe that pharmaceutical nicotine has magical properties nowhere else to be found, they will choose the overpriced Commits and other such pharmaceutical products over the evil tobacco industry’s product. Especially if the pharmaceutical products are covered by private insurance plans or funded by the state through everyone’s taxes! Let's hope that those wishing to quit will instead choose the only proven effective and safe method available: Their own will power!

Flavored Tobacco Pellets Are Denounced as a Lure to Young Users

Additional reading at: R.J. Reynolds Accused of Using Camel Orbs to Lure Kids

Un point de vue en français au: Camel teste les bonbons à la nicotine

3 comments:

Luc Dussart said...

Thank you for mentionning unairneuf.org for a french version :
Camel teste les bonbons à la nicotine

I am not sure that the best way to get rid of tobacco addiction is raw willpower.
The most reliable way is going cold turkey, that is to say not using any crutch. In french, it is called arrêt franc : it is a little different. Cold turkey is reliable when your mind is ready, the unconscious part of your mind, not your willpower alone.

Anonymous said...

Hello Mr. Dussart,

I personally don't like the expression ''cold turkey'' because it implies that one just throws their pack of cigarettes away without ever touching them again and some studies suggest that albeit this might be the most effective way of quitting it could upset one's organism too suddenly to a point that it could trigger illness.

However, I agree that one has to be ready to quit in order to succeed and that there are cognitive therapies that can help him get there as opposed to pharmacotherapy.

Iro

Anonymous said...

Hello Mr. Dussart,

I personally don't like the expression ''cold turkey'' because it implies (falsely perhaps) that one just throws their pack of cigarettes away without ever touching them again and some studies suggest that albeit this might be the most effective way of quitting it could upset one's organism too suddenly to a point that it could trigger illness.

However, I agree that one has to be ready to quit in order to succeed and that there are cognitive therapies that can help him get there as opposed to pharmacotherapy.

Iro