An article published in the journal Tobacco Control challenges the prevailing wisdom in the tobacco control industry by arguing that nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) is ineffective for smoking cessation and that therefore public expenditures on NRT provision to smokers is a waste of resources. This is according to the Harvard School of Public Health.
"This study shows that using NRT is no more effective in helping people stop smoking cigarettes in the long-term than trying to quit on one's own", said lead author Hillel Alpert, research scientist at HSPH, and co-author Lois Biener of the University of Massachusetts Boston's Center for Survey Research. Theirs was a large study done between 2001 and 2006.
So, a large respected bastion of ‘public health’ publishes in the tobacco control industry's own bible that they, the puritans, are approaching this perceived problem all the wrong way! If someone wants to quit they should do so on their own, simple as that. Perhaps, as I have stated many times, nicotine is not the attraction at all and smoking is not an addiction, but a strong habit. Habits can be changed or broken, if the will is there to do so.
But the real issue then becomes for those, like myself, who enjoy a smoke as a part of the everyday and do not wish to try to quit. This is, I believe, the vast majority of smokers. And it is we who are subject to nasty coercive campaigns to switch our money from tobacco to nicotine drugs to swell the profits of the pharmaceutical industry. Because, if you listen to the propaganda, all they offer is a helpline. That helpline has one core message and that is "buy pharmaceutical nicotine replacement products now". Your GP will give you the same advice because the tobacco control racket runs the helplines and has got to all of the dispensing GPs also.
Bringing into being the ludicrous scenario whereby public money is pumped into an effort that has been proven not to work in order to line the pockets of the propaganda lobbyists and their pharmaceutical buddies.
It is not the smoker who should feel embarrassed or ashamed.