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Tobacco Industry Increased Addictive Nicotine in Cigarettes

September 19, 2006 | 12,614 views

A Massachusetts law forcing tobacco companies to report test results has shown that the tobacco industry has been making cigarettes more addictive.

Between 1998 and 2004, manufacturers increased the amount of addictive nicotine by 10 percent.

In addition, 166 out of 179 cigarette brands fell into the state's highest nicotine yield range, including 59 brands labeled "light" and 14 labeled "ultra-light."

This gradually increasing addictiveness of cigarettes had not previously been noted because the standard government test is easy to fool with a carefully designed cigarette; virtually all independent experts consider it inaccurate. The Massachusetts test, which required manufacturers to use a better testing method, showed nicotine yields that were more than twice those found using the standard test.

The Massachusetts report echoes the decision of a federal judge in Washington, who recently determined that companies designed cigarettes to produce low nicotine readings on the standard test while actually delivering significantly more addictive nicotine.




Dr. Mercola's Comments:

Another classic example of placing corporate profit ahead of public good. It is amazing how consistent many of these industries are in this behavior.

It is clearly obvious with the tobacco industry, but the drug and food industry pulls the same shenanigans all the time, they are just a bit more clever at disguising it.

While I still believe that eating sugar is more dangerous than smoking cigarettes, it is obviously beneficial to not smoke. It has been my experience that unless you have addressed your dietary challenges most tend to substitute unhealthy "rewards" for their cigarettes.

For example, my sister stopped smoking over 20 years ago and with this principal she gained well over 100 pounds.  She never addressed the dietary issues first and simply exchanged an increase risk for lung cancer with an increase in the risk of heart disease, diabetes and general cancers.

Most smokers invariably choose more junk food to compensate for their loss. Additionally, most smokers go through a depression when the give up their smoking habit, thus making it enormously difficult for them to attempt any serious diet modifications.

But controlling your insulin levels is one of the most important things you can do to optimize your health, and avoiding sugar and grains is essential to do this.

However, if you're trying to stop smoking the best route is to go cold turkey and not gradual reduction.


Because simply cutting back, even down to as little as one cigarette a day, does virtually nothing to change the risk of cancer.

Smokers have some wonderful tools at their disposal to help them successfully quit while at the same time maintaining a healthy diet. Psychological acupressure techniques like EFT are a great way to get on the road to better health. You can view our free instructional guide on EFT here.

Anyone with more serious issues than smoking should consider seeing a skilled EFT professional. You can find someone in your area on our referral page.



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