Is calling tobacco a drug simply a profitable lie or is it more complex? Dr. Richard Lovelace, a retired clinical social worker, is sure it's a common denial (affecting non smokers as much as smokers) of what's the root cause of all unhealthy persistent smoking and consequently denial of the severity of its health risks. (Test to see if you have that deadly denial.) He says,
"Authorities we need to depend on are saying 'tobacco is a drug' when they apply labels such as 'tobacco addiction' and 'alcohol, tobacco, and other
drugs' (ATOD). That seemingly innocent mislabeling is exceedingly harmful."
Says Lovelace, "It subtly encourages smoking and powerfully discourages getting
much-needed help from licensed clinical addiction specialists by focusing them on the
plant far more than the actual problem. That's nicotine addiction. It has
essentially the same outcome as deadly mislabeling done in a pharmacy."
A health-promoting social work
clinician believes there is a "relatively simple but hidden"
way to end tobacco smoking and soon. Richard Terry Lovelace says, "Tell cigarette smokers the truth needed to save their
lives rather than spread the politically correct untruths that make enormous
profits for drug companies, both ‘big tobacco' and ‘big pharma'
(pharmaceutical companies). For example, the frequently noted but nonexistent ‘tobacco
addiction' (5,870 references found in scholarly papers) represents
a major untruth that kills: tobacco is a drug."
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why Lovelace is sure that big pharma's nicotine patch, inhaler, and gum are not addiction-knowledgeable. Read the evidence
he believes proves that nicotine replacement therapy is not effective and actually harms smokers.
"Protecting children is never less important than
profiting from the unhealthy behaviors and gullibility of their parents,"
is how Lovelace states this guiding ethical principle he says comes from
clinical social work training. He practices that principle creating and
sponsoring this Web site that promotes lifestyle health by giving away important
little-known truths about stopping smoking, weight-loss, and stress management.
Some of Dr. Lovelace's uncommonly up-front research findings
and clinical practice-based insights:
- "Common sense suggests that licensed or certified
clinical addiction specialists potentially have the most to offer. But
they do little I can identify to help adults and our children suffering with
nicotine dependence (addiction)."
- "We put nearly 100 percent of our addiction-knowledgeable
efforts into only 20 percent of our worldwide drug addiction disaster.
Nicotine gets essentially none of those efforts and consequently remains
the most heavily used addicting drug."
- "Nicotine addiction – certainly not tobacco and smoking it – is the leading cause of preventable U.S. deaths ... 435,000
each year or four times more than alcohol and illicit drugs combined. No
one is a chronic heavy tobacco smoker unless he or she suffers from nicotine
- "So-called ‘tobacco addiction' doesn't exist. The health organizations, professional
associations, publications and academic institutions now telling the public,
helping professionals and students 'tobacco is a drug' urgently need our
encouragement to be accurate."
Note: When Richard has asked groups to not apply the "especially
harmful false label, 'alcohol, tobacco and other drugs' or ATOD,"
they declined and used the reason that essentially says, "But everyone
else is doing it."
- "Nicotine is the health and life risking problem rather than its common source, tobacco." Lovelace explains that tomato
leaves and those of some other vegetables make nicotine and can be smoked.
"If tobacco is a drug then tomato also has to be."
- "Pharmaceutical companies that make nicotine-filled cigarette replacement products (patch, gum, lozenge and more) may encourage
spreading the false notion that tobacco is a drug. They probably find it
easier to market their expensive additional ways to suck-up (deliver) the
highly addictive insecticide, nicotine, when what they are selling is not
identified as the threat."
- Sneaky? "Just in case some folks suspect I'm exposing these hidden realities to sneakily defend or promote tobacco and smoking,"
states Dr. Lovelace, "actual devious advocates for dubious ‘smokers'
rights' tell the killer untruth that says even chronic heavier smoking
is a ‘choice' rather than resulting from drug addiction. They try to give
credibility to that lie by pointing out that most people stop without help.
Smokers simply quit; they 'go cold turkey.' Those underhanded nicotine
pushers allege in so many words, ‘When they choose to, most cigarette smokers
can and do stop on their own and without significant complications.'
"The truth is that they don't stop; they
substitute. That's called ‘symptom substitution.' * Smokers switch," strongly
asserts Lovelace, "to overeating, to fattening 'comfort' foods,
to being abused by alcohol, and more. They're given no real option but to self-medicate and unintentionally swap one
major health threat and drain on our and their financial resources for
another." He requests, "Please avoid accepting the politically correct untruth that it's
only a coincidence that our 'obesity epidemic' and increased alcohol abuse began during the past four
decades ... when pressuring rather than helping smokers to quit."
*"Do a Web search," says Lovelace, "and you'll find references that challenge the existence
or importance of 'symptom substitution.’ When you look to see who
paid for that online content and the studies referenced, you'll find
corporate sponsors that make profits or those who win converts
to their religious-like beliefs by casting doubts on what they consider
to be 'the competition.’ I have never been a psychodynamic
or psychoanalytic psychotherapy practitioner and so would question
the existence of symptom substitution except it has repeatedly shown to
be present and the logical explanation for what has happened."
- "People who blame smokers and tobacco
by mislabeling it a drug as much as folks who support alleged
smokers' rights give the unintentional impression, because of their subconscious causation denial, that they are more interested in money than protecting
our and their own children." Notes Lovelace, "You will find
on this sponsored site no attempts, like product advertisements, to spread the moneymaking
untruths commonly told smokers. Also, I am not telling any of this to benefit licensed clinical addiction specialists (LCAS) and am not licensed as one. I am a clinical social worker who has for 40 years cared
about and helped adults dependent on nicotine: truly our most deadly addiction."
This and all other of this site's Web pages are intended solely for educational
purposes and are the research findings and clinical insights of Richard
T. Lovelace, PhD, MSW (master of social work) and not Winston Clinical
Associates. Smoking tomato leaves should not be
done by anyone. Thank you. Next Truth Release
Clinical Associates - Winston-Salem, North Carolina
This writer is retired and no longer sees new patients needing more than one or two
sessions. Now devoted almost entirely to this not-for-money public health service
... he rarely writes for others. Those publishers included
John Wiley & Sons, McGraw-Hill, Self (magazine), Clinical Laboratory
Management Association, Counselor Magazine for Addiction Professionals
and Business Life magazine.
Winston-Salem, North Carolina
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