There are many products claiming they can assist a smoker when it comes to quitting, yet, don't claim success rates on their packaging. According to some experts in tobacco cessation, if a smoker is unable to quit "cold turkey," they are instructed to use "approved" methods. Smoking cessation products are called "nicotine replacement therapy." Often, smokers are told these methods are "designed" to help them quit despite dramatically low success rates. The phrase "results may vary" isn't spoken loudly enough.

Employee speaks out

A former manager of GlaxoSmithKline is accusing his former employer of making false claims on their product NiQuitin. Alexandre Selmani says claims made to consumers of its effectiveness as a nicotine replacement product are flawed despite his "repeated efforts to alert them to statistical mistakes made in clinical trials." This is troublesome as more people are trying to quit smoking worldwide & are being misled by their doctors, organizations, and the media.

Popular suggestions for quitting are the nicotine patch or gum. More recently, methods including sprays, lozenges, and prescription drugs have come about, but none with claims of huge success. A valid concern along with effectiveness is safety. The theory to nicotine "therapy" is to use a drop-down method, decreasing nicotine over time. Quit lines & counseling are strongly suggested by organizations. Now, with technology, comes "quit smoking apps."

Tobacco versus E-cigarettes

One smoking cessation tool reaching global success is tragically being ignored by most tobacco control and public health officials worldwide. Since Public #Health England released their data on e-cigarettes as a successful tool for smoking cessation, success rates for users are climbing. Other public health officials & organizations are downplaying & creating propaganda against them. Such tactics include exaggerations of chemicals & marketing to children. Some have claimed e-cigarettes are "the same" as smoking. Officials are using poor practices in their crusade against e-cigarettes -- almost deserting their chosen profession of public health. The result is ignoring science & research, while keeping smokers smoking.

The standard for decades has been "tell smokers they are addicted to nicotine." That has yet to be proven beyond a doubt. Tobacco and additives have been proven addictive, not nicotine. The exclusive trust in drug companies by organizations & health officials should raise a red flag. It seems they're convinced or coerced into believing products work & this habit needs to be re-examined both ethically and scientifically.

It's like the wild, wild west in the tobacco control world. "Expert" claims of dangers & chemicals with e-cigarettes are being shouted from bandwagons like they've found gold. Some are outright lying. Concerns stated are nowhere near the standard of tobacco smoke. These dramatic claims send the wrong message to smokers who are unsure. Science and research does exist, and e-cigarettes are valid cessation tools.

Standards in this century need to be stepped up if the goal is less tobacco use. Nicotine is not the enemy. Nicotine use in e-cigarettes is more important for what "vapers" call the "throat hit," not for addiction. Some e-cigarette users choose to decrease or eliminate nicotine over time. E-cigarettes must be looked at as a viable option to smoking cessation worldwide for smokers as another option. If you hear e-cigarettes are bad, consider the source, results may vary. #News #Buzz