Why is tobacco still not recognized as a drug addiction, and tobacco itself is not recognized as a drug?

Why is tobacco still not recognized as a drug addiction, and tobacco itself is not recognized as a drug?

1472 Dr. Brett Kessler, DDS, Trustee to the ADA 14th District on Substance Abuse and Recovery

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answers (3)

Answer 1
January, 2021

Everything is prosaic. Cigarettes and other tobacco products are highly profitable goods, which is why, by the way, they have a higher threshold price, which, for example, is indicated on packs on cigarettes. Because of this, the tobacco industry has very strong and influential lobbyists around the world, which makes it difficult to recognize tobacco as a drug.

Answer 2
January, 2021

In addition to the above, this greatly fills the country's budget, although the government does not want to think about the consequences at all. Such is the story with alcohol. In terms of harm, this is all at the level of heroin, but this is capitalism, baby, nothing sacred, only money

Answer 3
January, 2021

Because the WHO criteria clearly state that a drug is not a substance that is traditional for a given culture. Therefore, tobacco and alcohol are not considered drugs in Russia, and in Turkey, apparently, opium smoking.

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