An alternative to smoking |

An alternative to smoking

Dear Editor:It has come to my attention that a clean, safe, and effective way to administer nicotine to the user’s bloodstream (and thus to the brain) in much the same manner and dosage levels as derived from smoking a typical tobacco cigarette has been developed. Why, this would be a revolutionary way to help smokers end the most deadly, destructive, and annoying aspects of their nicotine addiction – the elimination of the use of tobacco! Imagine! No more smoke! No more stink! No more filth! No more horrible, painful deaths and disease connected with the smoking habit! No more antagonism between smokers and nonsmokers! No more (hopefully, soon-to-be unnecessary) conflict and controversy! Here’s a marvelous device that would put an end to all that discord, and while I’m sure there are already effective means to deal with nicotine addiction available, they don’t work for everybody. At the very least, the most destructive aspects of smoking addiction will have been dealt with by use of this device.Unfortunately, the powers that be in the government, farming, business, medical, mental health, funeral services, the military-industrial complex professions, and yes, even those who have a stake in carrying around an air of superiority, have all seemingly conspired to prevent FDA approval of this God-send device, desperately needed by those who want to quit smoking, and for whom patches, gum, and cold turkey (sheer willpower) just don’t seem to do the trick, which would save countless lives, and spare even more, the heartache connected with smoking.I’m so mad, I’m inclined to file a class action lawsuit to try and force this device’s approval. The common good screams for it!Bob KeenanCarbondale

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