Regarding the concept of the tobacco companies adding chemicals to make you want to smoke more. In my opinion this is a fact.
Two years ago when I moved to California, the only job I could find that my body would just barely handle was working in a smoke shop. It was part time, 3 days a week, had a low traffic flow and it allowed me to go back and forth between sitting and standing. I hated the concept of working in a smoke shop. I am peddling drugs and death. But it was that or live under a bush.
I can tell you by watching what people smoke and by my own switching around from different brands there is no doubt in my mind they are adding chemicals that make you smoke more, and Phillip Morris and the Marlboro brand is pumping in the most. But RJReynolds and Camel brand are not far behind. These two companies are nothing better then Hitler and Stalin working together, and working here makes me feel like one of their little privates in their army of death.
I have noticed very clearly over these two years that the people that smoke cigars, pipes, and any of the brands of cigarettes that do not have additives tend to smoke far less then the ones that smoke cigarettes with additives. I also noticed that wearing a patch will not cut down my smoking during the day, probably because I am at work and stressed and have 10,000 cigarettes behind me, but when I get home, I feel no urge to smoke until I get back out the next day. I also noticed that sticking a additional filter tip on the end of a ultra light, where you are blocking more of the chemicals they are adding to make you want to smoke more helps. You, or at least I smoke less at work with that extra filter on there, turning it into a super ultra light. Once your blocking 90 percent of the smoke, but still getting the fixation of hand to mouth and inhaling, the nicotine patches are much more effective. Its not a answer for quitting because your not stopping your fixation, but your smoking does go way down and that has to be the reduction of the chemicals they are adding.
This is my last weekend on this job by the way. I am moving back to my daughters in Arizona. I have taken many tries at giving up smoking in these two years, but I just can't get it done with a wall full of packs of cigarettes behind me. I am going to quit in Arizona if I have to wear patches, suck lozenges and chew pencils in half.
Edit: I just had to add this in. I have had to make use of County Mental Health places for medications that most MD's don't want to prescribe, for oh, about
8 years now. I have used four different ones and I found something odd and very consistent about
them. I noticed that most of the out patients smoked, which wasn't surprising, but it also seemed that the majority of all of the staff smoked also, especially the Doctors, Therapist and PA's working under the Doctors. Even the regular staff seemed to be running well above the National average. I guess that old saying of people getting into mental health work because they have allot of issues themselves could be true if the amount of running to the smoking area is any gauge.
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Post Edited (Grailhunter) : 4/5/2009 1:25:23 PM (GMT-6)