Smoking (I know, I know) is the flagship controlling ban of the Righteous. The methods used in that indoctrination are the same ones used for all the later bans so it's one worth studying even if you agree with it. One aspect already set in place for them with smoking was the notion that every smoker is addicted to nicotine. The tobacco companies started that. There is no better way to boost sales of a legal product than to tell people they will suffer horrible withdrawal symptoms if they stop.
People who undertake regular exercise often appear to become addicted to it. There is a real chemical reason behind it - exercise can produce pleasurable feelings in the brain so people will take that early morning workout because it makes them feel good. It's classed as addiction even though there are no external chemical substances involved. That addiction is, quite literally, all in their heads. It's never worked on me. Exercise without actually achieving anything other than the exercise itself has never appealed.
With heroin, the addiction is a chemical dependency and can be very hard to break indeed. Some people try it now and then and don't get addicted. Others try it once and can't then live without it. I've never tried it so I know as little about it as I do about weightlifting or throwing the hammer.
Smoking I know about. It's also called an addiction but it's somewhere in between exercise and heroin. Nicotine, we are told, is highly addictive. I've heard tell that smoking one cigarette will make you a smoker for life. It's apparently all about the nicotine.
Yet if you take one of these 'addicts' and give them nicotine gum or patches, only around one percent of them will manage to stop smoking. Which is odd because if it's just a nicotine addiction, then how you achieve the transfer of the chemical to your brain should be irrelevant. As long as the nicotine addict gets his nicotine, why would he go back to the burning leaves?
Electrofag, on the other hand, is something increasing numbers of smokers have switched to. Some to get around the smoking ban, some as a route to stopping, some as a fun way to give the local Righteous high blood pressure and palpitations. Some for a combination of reasons.
Electrofag, we smokers believe, does two things. It provides nicotine with none of the horrible nasties like tar and so on, and it feels reasonably like smoking. It does not affect the 'nicotine addict' label because it's still nicotine. Why, though, should it be more effective and more readily accepted by smokers than a patch? You can stick a patch on in the morning and you're set up for the day. No batteries and no liquids and no matches and no tobacco. Why doesn't that work? Hell, with a patch applied in the evening you could be 'smoking' while you sleep! For an addict, that should be a dream come true.
Well, the Righteous don't like Electrofag. ASH, whose aim is to get us all onto nicotine replacement therapy, don't like this particularly effective one. They prefer the ones that don't work. They are still working on the tobacco version of methadone and they won't look past that because it's profitable.
A couple of tips in the comments led to this article, which describes research that claims Electrofag releases no nicotine at all. If that's true (IF) then what does it mean?
Well, it would be the final nail in the coffin of nicotine as a chemical dependency addiction. Many smokers have switched entirely to Electrofag and suffered no withdrawal symptoms. You cannot cure a real chemical dependency with a placebo. Try giving a heroin addict saline instead of methadone and see what happens. IF Electrofag is releasing no nicotine, then it is not, and was never, the nicotine we were addicted to. Nor is it any other component of tobacco smoke because the only other things coming out of Electrofag are propylene glycol and steam. All it's doing is clearing your sinuses.
In which case, the patches and gum are doing nothing at all to combat smoking, which explains why they're not even as effective as the average placebo. ASH has backed the wrong horse.
I don't think it is true that Electrofag produces no nicotine but I haven't personally tested it. I get different levels of effect from different strength liquids - but then, that placebo effect can be really powerful, especially if the part I'm actually 'addicted' to is still there. Which part? If the report is true then there is nothing left but PG and steam, neither of which were in the original tobacco product.
This would suggest that what smokers are 'addicted' to is the same as what compulsive joggers are 'addicted' to. A pleasant feeling associated with a particular action. Nothing more. If you can really replace the entire contents of tobacco with a bit of food-additive and steam and get the same result then there was nothing in the tobacco that was addictive. It was the action, not the substance.
The ramifications of this are devastating and mean I will be staying well away from secluded woodland for the rest of my days. It means that there is no need for any of the NRT at all. The entire industry should collapse as soon as people realise this. It means there is no need for the tobacco industry at all. Not even to provide nicotine for NRT and Electrofag. The entire industry will collapse as soon as word gets around. It means ASH should be disbanded at once. They are not required at all. If all smokers need is the act of smoking, then Electrofag with its flavoured steam is the only thing we'd need. We wouldn't need any actual tobacco products of any kind at all.
I wonder if they already knew this and were terrified it would get out. Is that why the author of the study showing that Electrofag is just a mini steam cleaner is demanding that they be withdrawn until they produce more nicotine in the steam? Before we spot it? It makes no sense to demand that nicotine be added to a device that already works to take people off tobacco. If there's no nicotine and it's working anyway, why add it in? It's to keep up the illusion of nicotine addiction. Without that, the game's up.
If it's true that Electrofag produces only flavoured steam, it should be a wet dream for ASH because all smoking and all nicotine use would stop and we'd all have fresh, gleaming sinuses. Instead, they hate the thing and have mobilised to destroy it. Does that make sense when placed alongside ASH's stated mission? No, but it does when placed alongside their financial statements. ASH get most of their money from taxes and tobacco-free smoking already means no tax. A nicotine tax is possible but if we find we don't need the nicotine after all, what then? A steam tax? Even Labour would have trouble with that one.
That article is a powerful rebuttal of the idea that we are all nicotine addicts and utterly destroys any suggestion of harm caused by Electrofag. It claims it's not even generating nicotine! There is nothing left in it that can be accused of being harmful. And yet, at the end of the article...
Meanwhile other profs in California have recently stated that eCigs - or anyway ones which actually emit nicotine vapour - are still a major health hazard owing to the phenomenon of so-called "third hand" smoke.
The Righteous are now running in circles. They claim we are addicted yet their nicotine patches don't work, and the one thing that does work does not - they claim - produce nicotine. In the same article, we have 'there is nothing but steam coming out of these things' and 'they cause third hand smoke' - but how can they cause third hand smoke with just steam?
(Third hand smoke is comprehensively debunked already, so there's no need for me to go on about that aspect.)
It is a joy to behold as, in their frantic scrabble to justify over-reaching with their insane urge to ban, they eat each other with claim and contradictory claim vying for position within a single article!
Total collapse is not far away now.
I'm going to buy a small bottle of nicotine-free smoky-juice and give this a try. Small bottles are very cheap.