tobacco or tannic acid?

i have to wonder if the effect cigarettes have on me (a drag or two nearly paralyzes me) has to do with the effect of tobacco itself on my brain, or perhaps one or more of the other cigarette 599 additives approved by the government that messes with my synapses.

yeah, there is a list of 599 chemicals submitted by the leading tobacco companies back in 1994 and not widely publicized (for obvious reasons), which have been deemed “safe” as food additives, but have not been tested by burning them. “Over 4000 chemical compounds are created by burning a cigarette, many of which are toxic and/or carcinogenic.” to see the  list, and read more, take a look here.

i was going to say i’d get myself some “drum” rolling tobacco (like i used to smoke from time to time in high school) to see if it produced the same effect, but apparently it is no longer available. but “american spirit” offers additive-free, organic rolling tobacco, witch seems to be available online if my local grocer does not carry it. don’t you love science?


Author: Stephen

Stephen Harris is a writer, painter and a photographer who lives with his family in Maine.

One thought on “tobacco or tannic acid?”

  1. Happily I quit that habit 18 years, 3 months and 4 days ago. I used to roll my own drum tobacco too using zig zag papers. They were great! If you forgot about it, it would go out on you and you could relight it again later. No sugar added! I would definitely stay away from that prepackaged, 599 mystery ingredients, tobackey.

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