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Want to Quit Smoking? FDA regulations make it harder to do

There are 14 comments on the The Reporter story from Dec 30, 2010, titled Want to Quit Smoking? FDA regulations make it harder to do. In it, The Reporter reports that:

It's time to think about New Year's resolutions. Quitting smoking, appropriately, is at the top of many lists.

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Consider Peace

Waterloo, IA

#1 Dec 30, 2010
I was a pack a day smoker for about 25 years but I kicked the habit after finding Swedish Snus a little over a year ago. I tried everything to quit before using snus. I tried patches, gum, lozenges, hypnosis and cold turkey. Most of the time I would quit but start smoking again after a few months. I believe that Swedish Snus has given me a new lease on life. My clothes don't stink, I can breathe better and I am no longer some kind of public pariah. I have read just about every report that I can find on the internet and have concluded that although snus is not entirely safe, it is much less harmful than either cigarettes or chewing tobacco. The key is to use real Swedish snus and not the stuff they are currently pushing at the gas stations and convenience stores. I also feel that the reporter of this article should differentiate between chewing tobacco and snus as there is a difference in the processing. Snus has the potential to save millions of lives if we use it properly.
Chad Jones

Conway, AR

#2 Dec 30, 2010
I want to say thanks to The Reporter for running this article. I've been reading Jeff's stuff on Twitter for quite some time now, as well as at his .org website. I quit a 6 year habit of smoking with the help of Swedish Snus, which at one time, was easy to get ahold of and affordable. But due to the efforts of the FDA and President Obama, new laws passed are making it harder for people to get this harm reduced alternative. You can thank Big Tobacco and Big Pharma for their input (wonder how much money they threw in the pot?) and making this happen. Folks, this isn't rocket science. Swedish Snus is up to 99% safer than smoking. Reducing your risk with something like this is much safer, and the best way available to quit smoking. Especially when you look at the failure rate of Chantix and the patch/gum. Jeff - keep up the good work, and together we can fight for true harm reduction in the United States.

Chad @Snubie.com
RWH103

Cedar Rapids, IA

#3 Dec 30, 2010
A resounding THANK YOU to Jeff S. for a truthful and sensible article. Harm Reduction is a valid, sensible and effective strategy for addressing the health concerns surrounding smoking. I was a smoker for forty years-two packs a day-and was never able to quit until I tried electronic cigarettes in Jan.2010. I have not had a cigarette since then and the health improvements are astounding. The fact that the FDA as well as several large health organizations are strongly opposed to these products to the point of disseminating false information, witholding significant health information re:benefits and engaging in fearmongering is shameful and appalling. The issues of 'public health', power, politics and money are all at play here and this is far bigger than just 'alternatives to smoking'. This issue illuminates the extent to which our federal health agencies and national health organizations are "broken" and are seriously failing the general public. Persons who are willing to set aside their strong emotions re: smoking and look at the bigger picture-how scientific integrity, agency and organizational transparency, and governmental public policies are consistently being compromised, will become, hopefully, outraged and begin demanding truthtelling, research integrity,and transparent public policy making in the best interest of public 'health' not agency/organizational revenue and not political favor nor in service of any personal ideologies.
Stubby

United States

#4 Dec 30, 2010
It's amazing how many road blocks tobacco control groups and even our government put in the way of tobacco users making rational choices. There's a wall of lies and misinformation about smokeless tobacco that's been going on for decades. How many times have we heard "smokeless tobacco is not a safe alternative to smoking". It may not be a safe alternative but it is about 99% less harmful. This is a classic slight of hand misdirection forced on us by our own government and pushed by the very groups, that in theory anyways, are supposed to be looking out for public health, as in American Cancer Society, American Heart Association, American Lung Association etc.

I quit a 40 years smoking habit with Swedish snus over a year and a half ago and it was easy. It's a real crime that good information of tobacco/nicotine is being withheld from the american public by the very people that are supposed to be looking out for us.
Bob Dog

Vacaville, CA

#6 Dec 30, 2010
This is all about tax revenue generation. We can't have any methods that actually work in quitting smoking because if everyone actually quit smoking all the tax revenue would stop. All the talk about stop smoking programs is pure smoke.
crashinbrn

Bridge City, TX

#8 Jan 1, 2011
thank you so much for the positive E-cig article.

after 30 years with 2 packs a day, i have been smoke free for 1 year with an E-cig.

harm reduction works very well for me.
Madame Hardy

San Francisco, CA

#9 Jan 5, 2011
Where did you get the idea that nicotine "isn't particularly harmful"? It's known to greatly increase your risk of heart disease and stroke.(Google "nicotine heart risk".)

http://www.webmd.com/smoking-cessation/quit-s...
http://esciencenews.com/articles/2009/06/11/n...

Offering an addictive substance in its pure form sounds an awful lot like a drug to me, and one that it is appropriate to evaluate in side effects versus benefits. Note that Nicorette had to undergo just such a review.

“Non smoking freedom loving vet”

Since: Apr 08

Chicago

#10 Jan 5, 2011
E-cigs compete with Chantix, who paid millions to tax exempt political action committees to hire lobbyists for bans. E-cig defeat the entire purpose of smoking ban. the bottom line. Not to worry, as dangerous as it is, Chantix is still doing good.

http://www.emoneydaily.com/pfizer-nysepfe-dem...
dallastexas21

Salt Lake City, UT

#11 May 17, 2011
I think everyone is different in what works for them as they try to quit smoking. I think the most important part is that you do stop, and don't let it take over your life. Trust me...I've seen it happen many times. People like this can help, http://killthedesire.com
Storm Warning

Fort Atkinson, WI

#13 Jul 18, 2011
a new law where they hire sexual deviates only to make cigarettes is sure to cut smoking
sarah

UK

#14 Aug 9, 2011
I can recommend a reputable pharmacy (Chantix) http://en.pharm4all.com/champix-starter-pack,... I received the order and it was on time and the pills work great.
leterr

Knoxville, TN

#15 Apr 21, 2013
Consider Peace wrote:
I was a pack a day smoker for about 25 years but I kicked the habit after finding Swedish Snus a little over a year ago. I tried everything to quit before using snus. I tried patches, gum, lozenges, hypnosis and cold turkey. Most of the time I would quit but start smoking again after a few months. I believe that Swedish Snus has given me a new lease on life. My clothes don't stink, I can breathe better and I am no longer some kind of public pariah. I have read just about every report that I can find on the internet and have concluded that although snus is not entirely safe, it is much less harmful than either cigarettes or chewing tobacco. The key is to use real Swedish snus and not the stuff they are currently pushing at the gas stations and convenience stores. I also feel that the reporter of this article should differentiate between chewing tobacco and snus as there is a difference in the processing. Snus has the potential to save millions of lives if we use it properly.
Swedish Snus worked for me … General White Portion.
Old Guy

New Carlisle, OH

#16 Apr 21, 2013
generalsn1234567 wrote:
E-cigs compete with Chantix, who paid millions to tax exempt political action committees to hire lobbyists for bans. E-cig defeat the entire purpose of smoking ban.
Chantix is making money because it actually works (at least for some folks.) I think e-cigs are better than cigarettes, but wish I was sure about that. The cheaper ones are made in China, where health and safety of the consumer may not be the #1 priority.

Since: Apr 13

Athens, Greece

#17 Apr 27, 2013
agree with storm

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