Tobacco Wars – The Big Roundup — 10 Comments

  1. I have characterised the whole scam for the last twenty years as, "The Nicotine Wars." There is a pent up demand for nicotine as there is for caffeine and in Ireland alone the market value of the demand is between one and two billion euros a year. 

    Pharma took tobacco on with its range of NRTs hence the false health scares, bans, restrictions and price increases. As Pharma recruited the charities and elements in the medical world to fight for their market share by fair means or foul, nobody noticed the rapid emergence of a third player, the e-cig.

    The nicotine wars now have THREE players looking for your money!

    • Indeed – but it really all boils back to the "charities" [backed by Big Pharma] and Gubmints [blackmailed by Big Pharma – do as we say or we'll shut our factories and screw you with massive profit margins].  In fairness, the Vapers aren't really costing us smokers anything.  If anything they are drawing the fire which makes a pleasant change.

  2. Many years ago I said that what the pharmaceutical industry needed was to gain control of commonly used recreational drugs because they haven't achieved anything sufficiently profitable since antibiotics. The most commonly used recreational substances are coffee, alcohol and tobacco. They had no hope of going after coffee so they went after tobacco and are still trying to find a way in on alcohol. The whole business of supporting tobacco control and the neo prohibitionists has been about finding a means of grabbing a huge market from the tobacco industry and putting the profits therefrom in the hands of the pharmaceutical industry. Even viagra, statins and blood pressure medications combined cannot surpass the profits available in the nicotine, alcohol and caffeine markets.

    • It goes back a very long way to the banning of the likes of marijuana and cocaine.  The former in particular was seen as a threat so it was made illegal.  Just how many medications are there on the market these days based on cocaine?  Many thousands, I would guess.  They're even trying to shut down natural [herbal] medicines so they can sell their own chemical derivatives fro the same herbs.

  3. Comically awesome post! No wonder I have a hard time explaining it to friends…

    • I will be quite honest and admit that I have a very hard time explaining it to myself.

  4. I live in the kingdom of Tobacco and spend alot of time in the land of Vape.  I'm typing this from Vapeland.  The kingdom of Pharma and its' minions are a right pain in the neck.  The price of a pack of smokes is so ridiculous that I've taken to rolling my own.  For about $25 bucks a month I can smoke all I wish.  That's all it should cost to buy them but since the Kings of Pharma have gotten their grubby little mitts involved the price has skyrocketed.

    Piss off I say to Pharma and it's minions!

    • When they established the Kingdom of Vape they never bothered that much with boundaries [unlike the boundaries between Tobacco and Pharma, where they try to enforce a one way system only].  You are obviously in that area where the two Kingdoms merge.

  5. Love it Grandad!  All Hail The People of Vape and The People of Smoke!  Banish the Antismoking and Antivaping Minions back to the Stygian Depths from which they issued!


  6. I visited the land of Vape once but ultimately found it as boring and worthy and was just as despised so I moved back to the ever sunny land of Tobacco 🙂

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