All The More Reason


Allen Carr and Nicotine Addiction
August 23, 2007, 2:46 am
Filed under: Smoking

I recently stumbled upon the author Allen Carr who has written numerous books on stopping smoking and other vices. This post is not about the various pleasures and pains that these vices can cause. It is simply to mention that he wrote an open letter to Tony Blair urging him to consider having his method adopted by the Department of Health for people who want to stop smoking. He also wrote an online book called Scandal, which I don’t have the nerve to read yet as it sounds too conspiratorial. Regardless, his main point is that pharmaceutical companies are somewhat in bed with the government by encouraging smokers to use Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT). Carr, who has since died of lung cancer, felt that this was maintaining the same addiction but simply changing the manner in which it was administered.

Addiction is a small room that has the deepest bed, the widest pillows, and a gas pipe left on high in the corner. Not knowing the history of tobacco and nicotine well enough to expound upon it here I shall simply say that in our current zeal to eradicate smoking the question has remained open to see what will replace it. If it is to be a potpourri of sanitised and authorised nicotine coming in gum, patches and inhalers then I’d prefer living someplace where the real stench of tobacco always reminded me of the danger of the game being played.

J.S.

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