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When will the tobacco industry apologise for its monstrous harms?

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.g437 (Published 29 January 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g437

Re: When will the tobacco industry apologise for its monstrous harms?

Tobacco is an addictive depressant that tricks and traps us by creating the fleeting euphoria of relaxation and aeration, but the sustained sickness of desperation and suffocation. The euphoria of relaxation and aeration, and the sickness of desperation and suffocation, are polar opposites that reinforce each other: the euphoria blinds us to the sickness, and the sickness makes us crave the euphoria. Perversely but predictably, tobacco creates, aggravates, and perpetuates the very sickness of desperation and suffocation that it seems to cure, thus placing all tobacco products in a very bad light.


Competing interests: None relevant

02 February 2014
Hugh Mann
Physician
Retired
Eagle Rock, MO, USA