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A fifth of US high school students use tobacco, finds survey

BMJ 2014; 349 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.g6885 (Published 17 November 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g6885

Beware of Tobacco

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 falsely seems to cure, thus placing all tobacco products in a very bad light.


Competing interests: No competing interests

18 November 2014
Hugh Mann
Physician
Retired
New York, USA