GlaxoSmithKline risks lives with lies in cynical attempt to increase profits

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We may not sell smokeless tobacco, but there is no doubt that it is a fantastic product that has saved the lives of thousands of ex-Swedish smokers.

The country has the lowest rates of lung cancer in Europe – simply because many of its smokers have switched to safer forms of tobacco use.

How safe is it?

According to Joel Nitzkin, Chair of the Tobacco Control Task Force for the American Association of Public Health Physicians:

the literature on snus [one of the safest forms of smokeless tobacco], which is evaluated on our website, basically shows that in the best of the epidemiological studies available today snus do not increase any cause of death. In other words, if there is a health hazard from snus it is smaller than can be measured with these studies.

Nitzkin Interview

But Glaxosmithkline states:

“A lot of people believe that taking smokeless tobacco is safer than smoking cigarettes. This is not true.”

From Nicorette


So why do GSK oppose smokeless tobacco?

Here’s one possibility:

The harm in smoking is caused by combustion, rather than by the ingredients in which we smoke – which is why there is no point in switching to herbal cigarettes.

When taking up products like Snus, the risk to people’s health decreases so much that the incentive to quitting is hugely decreased.

That threatens companies selling NRT products. NRT products have a long term success rate (measured at one year) of around 5%. That guarantees a nice recurring market for pharmaceutical companies like GSK, especially as they pay money to the anti-smoking groups which recommend NRT products over cold turkey (which some studies show is a more effective way of quitting).

So if people do not switch to smokeless tobacco, they will continue trying to quit and they will continue to do so by using pharmaceutical products.

And they will also continue to die of avoidable smoking diseases.

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#1 just chillin with my ecig on 10.12.11 at 1:12 PM

the pharmaceutical companies just lie like the old tobacco companies once did – love my cherry flavored mist

#2 Elm on 10.27.11 at 12:55 AM

Actually, chewing tobacco, if it is naturally air-cured & grown on well mineralized soils, organically without pesticides & chemical fertilizers, can have essential health benefits. The point is, tobacco contains one of the highest concentrations of all the “B” vitamins of any plant. Tobacco, properly cured, is also an alkalizing plant. Damage to the lungs comes from an acidic smoke produced by flu-curing & “sauces” which infuses tobacco with a high sugar content tobacco. Take British tobacco for instance, which contains one of the highest sugar contents (18%) of all tobaccos, which correlates roughly with the British having one of the highest lung cancer rates. High sugar content damages the lungs, making them succeptable to a development of cancer. Cancer’s purpose is like that of any fungi – to recycle damaged, deficient or depleted organic material – in this case the human body, into usable compost. Author William Dufty in Sugar Blues, quotes a British Report that shows no correlation between tobacco smoke & lung cancer in countries like Formosa & China where tobacco is cured naturally commensurate with traditional practice. The PSYOP against tobacco is a lot of smoke & mirrors – one being that all tobacco is created equal, which of course is furthest from the truth. So, the American cowboy with a plug of tobacco tucked under his lip was actually receiving all the crucial “B” vitamins, producing endurance for the long hard hours he spent in the saddle.

#3 Copenhagen Charley on 10.28.11 at 11:49 AM

Elm – your speaking my language. Been dipping for the last 25 years and loving it!

#4 General Guy on 11.05.11 at 4:13 AM

I have been using General for the last six months and I can attest to the fact that this product just is excellent. I love it!

#5 OTP Kid on 11.09.11 at 1:05 PM

Snuff or snus is not a safe alternative to smoking. It may be less harmful than smoking, but it is not safe. Let’s not confuse the facts here for the benefit of the snuff/snus people who are greedily after the 50 million smokers in the United States.

Pigs get fat, hogs get slaughtered.

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