Leaked Papers Show Big Tobacco and Pharma Knew and Kept Quiet
The tobacco industry has known for years that nicotine patches – gums and sprays hardly ever work and most smokers use them as a bridge when they can’t smoke such as at work or when traveling.
Proof of what most of us suspected comes from a new study carried out by scientists at UC San Francisco – led by long time anti e-cigarette spokesman – Stanton Glantz, PhD.
The study claims that far from ever worrying about so called Nicotine Replacement Therapies threatening the profits of Big Tobacco the companies saw them as ‘business opportunities’.
If that sounds familiar little wonder as Big Tobacco continues its move into the heat not burn and the e-cigarette cig-a-likes market.
The findings of the study were published last week in the American Journal of Public Health and showed how – after digging into confidential internal files of the seven major tobacco companies – it was shown these same companies had been investing in NRTs since the 1950s.
Known as the ‘Tobacco Papers’ [sounds like a conspiracy movie!] the findings blow the lid off the shady dealings of Big Tobacco and Pharma.
Profits Before Health
The main crux of the report finds that the big two knew full well that without support from health care professionals NRTs did not work to get folks to quit smoking.
Back in 1984 the gums – patches and sprays were given the nod of approval as prescription drugs showing vast profits for both Big Pharma and Big Tobacco on over the counter sales.
However way back in 1992 both groups knew full well that unless the NRTs were backed up with counseling and support they did little if anything to help smokers quit.
However Big Tobacco stayed tight lipped about the findings as they were concerned the results would lead to a clampdown by the FDA and so lose them profits.
UCSF’s Dorie Apollonio, PhD, associate professor in clinical pharmacy and lead author of the study said:
It was surprising to discover the industry came to view NRT as just another product. The tobacco companies want people to get nicotine — and they’re open-minded about how they get it.
The report adds:
Over-the-counter availability of NRT made it easy for smokers to get a nicotine fix in non-smoking environments like offices and flights, for example, with the net result that they were less likely to quit.
NRTs – Not a Patch on E-Cigarettes
This news should come as no surprise to those of us who tried patches – gums and those silly sprays.
And it certainly backs up an interesting report from a couple of years ago that in a nutshell proved these kind of NRTs are pretty bloody useless without any consistent professional quit smoking support.
Back in 2014 a team of scientists from the University College London studied the effect NRTs had on 6,000 smokers.
The results showed beyond doubt that when it came to quitting the cancer sticks e-cigarettes were by far the best way showing a 60% more chance of quitting using e-cigs compared to nicotine patches and gums.
At the time lead scientist Professor Robert West said:
Despite what a lot of people think, e-cigarettes are not good news for the tobacco industry and the tobacco industry would like them to go away. They sell tobacco and would like to go on doing that…I don’t and will not take any money from any e-cigarette manufacturer… I need to be able to talk about e-cigarettes without even the conception of conflict of interest.
The more we find out about the so called ‘war on vaping’ the more we realize that Governments – Health Departments and the big corporations are literally lying and hiding behind a smokescreen of ‘health concerns’ when it comes to anything to do with vaping.
As far as I’m concerned the war against vaping has absolutely nothing to do with yours and my health – but everything to do with profits.
Just how low will they go to protect their bottom lines?