Originally posted Wednesday, Aug 30

Ok, this is a news story that gets a little personal with me and hits
the "That just ain’t right" button … with a sledgehammer.

First, I saw this on GMA this morning. I didn’t see the story, but read
this in the crawl at the bottom of the screen. A headline and brief
teaser about reports showing more nicotine in cigarettes. It said that
the levels have been increasing over the last six years and most brands
having ten percent more nicotine than six years ago.

Later, when I had time, I went looking for the story. I found the GMA
story on an ABCnews RSS feed but I was amazed to find that there was
little to no mention of it anywhere else at all. I found very little
mention of it on other news media other than copies of the AP story that
ABC has on their site and mentioned on GMA.

I know why the tobacco companies are doing this. It’s to stay in
business. By increasing the amount of nicotine it becomes easier to get
addicted to the things and harder to break that addiction and get free
of them. I think it’s a low, underhanded trick that should get somebody
hauled in front of a judge or Senate Investigation to explain just what
they think they’re getting away with and exactly who is responsible for
it.

What I don’t know is why this story didn’t get more coverage than it
did. It should have been all over the place, yet it’s practically dead
on the vine. Perhaps it might have something to do with the millions of
dollars in ‘feel good about the tobacco companies promoting quit smoking
campaigns’ spending that they’re doing? Obviously I don’t know, but I
can guess. Tobacco companies have a LOT of money and that kind of money
can buy lots of things… at least until some person or persons starts
making enough noise about it to get some wide spread attention.

I was a smoker for a lot of years until I finally got free of it. Now I
see ’em pulling this stunt to try to get more smokers and keep the ones
they have by increasing the ingredient that causes the addiction in the
first place and it leaves me ready to kick the marlboro man into last
week.

Again I wonder… Why is this not being talked about more????

[taps mic] Hello? . . . Is this thing on?


U.S. Report: More Nicotine in
Cigarettes

Nicotine Levels in Cigarettes Increasing Steadily Over
Last 6 Years
By STEVE LeBLANC
The Associated Press

BOSTON – The level of nicotine found in U.S. cigarettes has risen
about 10 percent in the past six years, making it harder to quit and
easier to get hooked, according to a new report released Tuesday by
the Massachusetts Department of Health.

The study shows a steady climb in the amount of nicotine delivered
to the lungs of smokers regardless of brand, with overall nicotine
yields increasing by about 10 percent.

Massachusetts is one of three U.S. states to require tobacco
companies to submit information about nicotine and the only state with
data going back to 1998.

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