Intended for healthcare professionals

Views And Reviews Personal View

A smoke-free NHS

BMJ 2017; 356 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.j500 (Published 01 February 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;356:j500

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

13 February 2017
Hugh Mann
Physician
Retired
New York, NY, USA