• Victor DeNoble commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: Addiction Incorporated

    2011-12-12 19:29:06View | Delete

    To everybody who chimed in, thank you so much. I appreciate your support and all your interest in this topic. It’s timely and it has the potential to save lives. Thank you from me–Victor, and from the producers and directors of Addiction Inc.

    Cheers-Victor

  • Victor DeNoble commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: Addiction Incorporated

    2011-12-12 19:25:31View | Delete

    You’re absolutely right. The tobacco industry is using spit tobacco as a “safe alternative.” IN my lectures to kids, I emphasize, there is no safe alternative. There are only alternative diseases.

  • Victor DeNoble commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: Addiction Incorporated

    2011-12-12 19:23:20View | Delete

    Yes the brain can be retrained–but with drug addiction it has to be detoxified. Once you are a drug addict, you are a drug addict for the rest of your life. It doesn’t mean you’re on the drug, but it means your brain remembers how to be addicted. There are lots of natural remedies and some may work for some people. The data isn’t clear. But in my mind, it’s like chicken soup. It may not help, but it certainly won’t hurt. Whatever works, works.

  • Victor DeNoble commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: Addiction Incorporated

    2011-12-12 19:17:51View | Delete

    Yes–oral cancer instead of lung cancer. But there’s good news and bad news. Lung cancer survivors last about 5-7 years. Oral cancer–less than a year. It’s very aggressive.

  • Victor DeNoble commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: Addiction Incorporated

    2011-12-12 19:16:46View | Delete

    In the mid 1990′s, studies were done with people who were addicted to multiple drugs–heroine, cocaine, anphetamine, cigarettes. The overwhelming result was that people could give up everything but cigarettes. It was the hardest addiction to beat. AS far as light cigarettes go–they legally can’t use the word light. And in typical tobacco industry fashion, they now use the word “mild.” What a bunch of BS is that…

  • Victor DeNoble commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: Addiction Incorporated

    2011-12-12 19:13:30View | Delete

    In drug addiction, the faster something gets into your brain, the more addictive it is. Lozenges and gum are absorbed very slowly. So it’s extremely unlikely that they will cause addiction. It’s also unlikely that they will help addiction. Think about it this way–If you’re snorting cocaine and somebody gives you a patch of cocaine, are you still addicted to cocaine? They answer is yes. The way it enters your body doesn’t matter. The fact is–it enters your brain.

  • Victor DeNoble commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: Addiction Incorporated

    2011-12-12 19:08:33View | Delete

    Spit tobacco is broken down in your mouth by saliva and the chemicals that are formed are the same chemicals as if you were smoking a cigarette. They are absorbed by the skin in your mouth and transported to the blood stream. Once they are in your body, they have the same effect as a cigarette or cigar. Using spit tobacco is no safer than using any other tobacco product.

  • Victor DeNoble commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: Addiction Incorporated

    2011-12-12 19:05:56View | Delete

    Drugs like nicotine, cocaine, etc. produce a brain addiction. When you talk about things like chocolate, gambling, sex, etc. these addiction s are learned. They can still destroy your life but they are not in the same category of chemical addictions. Do other industries add additives that create a craving for their product? The answer is absolutely yes. But that does not qualify as an a chemical addiction. We learn to like these products. Drugs that are ingested into our body change the way your brain works, and that’s very different from a learned experience.

  • Victor DeNoble commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: Addiction Incorporated

    2011-12-12 18:57:39View | Delete

    If you burn natural tobacco without additives like vanilla, etc. it forms over 4000 chemicals. Spirit Tobacco was “natural” because it had no additives. But when you burn it… it still made 4000 chemicals. I don’t know if Spirit has fire suppressing chemicals that they put in other cigarettes, but what does it matter when you’re inhaling 4000 chemicals? It’s probably safer to suck on the exhaust of your car than it is a cigarette. But that’s just my opinion.

  • Victor DeNoble commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: Addiction Incorporated

    2011-12-12 18:54:35View | Delete

    Our country was founded on tobacco. Go to Washington D.C. and look at the congressional hall. At the top of the columns are tobacco leaves. Look inside congress’ chambers. On the desks there are tobacco leaves. I’m not saying that it was wrong to found a country on a product like tobacco. I’m just saying it ‘s about time we move on.

  • Victor DeNoble commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: Addiction Incorporated

    2011-12-12 18:51:48View | Delete

    You’re absolutely right. IN the U.S. we can’t give away cigarettes any more. However in most other countries–especially in Asian countries–cigarettes are handed out in the street like candy. The restrictions on tobacco marketing in these countries is years behind anything we see in the U.S.

  • Victor DeNoble commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: Addiction Incorporated

    2011-12-12 18:50:07View | Delete

    Yes–Tom and Gary and I are friends. We’ve had lots of laughs. They clearly were the good guys and they covered my ass.

  • Victor DeNoble commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: Addiction Incorporated

    2011-12-12 18:49:14View | Delete

    I’ve been talking to students for 17 years. The last 12 have been full time. I talk to about 350,000 students in elementary, middle, and high school every year. Several colleges and universities have invited me to talk. Almost all of them initiated by students who saw me in middle and high school. Some of them became scientists, some FBI agents, some just went on to live happy lives. I’m glad you enjoyed the movie. Science should be fun, and thanks for your support. Check out the website– http://www.addictionincorporated.com/about

  • Victor DeNoble commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: Addiction Incorporated

    2011-12-12 18:44:51View | Delete

    First of all–kudos to your dad for bribing you. It was probably one of the best decisions he’s made and it worked. You don’t smoke.

    TO quote Mark Twain–”Quitting smoking is easy. I’ve done it a thousand times.” Addiction is never hard to overcome.

  • Victor DeNoble commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: Addiction Incorporated

    2011-12-12 18:40:38View | Delete

    It was my wife’s idea to test them with the photo of Kessler. It was brilliant. When they couldn’t identify them the shit hit the fan. I was so scared that they were from the tobacco industry. Paul and I testified for about 3.5 hours. There was no preparation. Paul and I refused any coaching. We were there to tell the truth and that was it.

  • Victor DeNoble commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: Addiction Incorporated

    2011-12-12 18:37:48View | Delete

    When the investigators from the FDA–not really FDA–found us, Dr. Mele –Paul– told them of a paper we tried to publish back in 1983 but was suppressed by Philip Morris. The editor of the journal kept our paper because it was so unusual to withdrawal scientific research from publication. In 1994 when they approached him, he gave them the paper which revealed the suppressed science.

  • Victor DeNoble commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: Addiction Incorporated

    2011-12-12 18:34:21View | Delete

    What you’ve gone through is a consequence of the tobacco industry’s product. We can’t replace what you’ve lost but we certainly can help prevent other people from falling into a life of addiction. I’m glad you’ve stopped smoking and I hope Addiction Inc. Will help you understand why it was so difficult.

  • Victor DeNoble commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: Addiction Incorporated

    2011-12-12 18:30:24View | Delete

    No–absolutely not. While it’s true that the developing brain gets addicted faster, addiction is addiction. I don’t care whether you’re 18 or 68. It will happen if you continue to use the drug.

  • Victor DeNoble commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: Addiction Incorporated

    2011-12-12 18:27:31View | Delete

    Yes–my goal is to speak to as many kids as I can. Not to tell them what to do–but to give them the science. They make their own decisions.

    Paul and I were both fired. Paul got a job in Maryland, and I got a job in Delaware completely unrelated to the tobacco industry. The problem was the secrecy agreement that prevented us from discussing our work. The movie Addiction Inc. covers our release and the results. I can’t tell you what a relief it was to finally tell people about the science.

  • Victor DeNoble commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: Addiction Incorporated

    2011-12-12 18:23:16View | Delete

    Mom and Dad–Yes. Sister–Yes. Friends in high school–Yes. Me? I’ve never had a cigarette in my mouth. Was too damn scared. And it didn’t look cool.

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